27 February 2018
Australian and Indonesian police are working together to combat transnational child sexual exploitation.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz led Australia’s participation in the Transnational Child Sexual Exploitation Conference held at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) in Semarang today.
The Conference is a result of the Indonesian National Police (INP) and AFP’s commitment to work collaboratively to raise awareness of transnational child sexual exploitation in Indonesia and Australia that links to the worldwide online environment and child sex tourism activities of criminals.
Contributions were made by INP, AFP, the private sector and non-government organisations on cyber safety, media engagement and the social media environment.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the INP for their commitment in helping to combat this horrendous crime which sees predators increasingly turning to online child sexual abuse,” Assistant Commissioner Platz said. “I look forward to working together in the future to protect our vulnerable children from being abused.
“We are now seeing these criminals from Australia who have been turned away at the border by the diligence of Indonesian authorities turning to ‘pay per view’ online child sexual abuse.
“Everyone has a role to play in preventing this insidious crime, and together the INP and AFP call on anyone in Indonesia or Australia who has any information on what they believe is child sexual exploitation to contact their local authorities.
“My sincere thanks and appreciation goes to JCLEC for facilitating this important conference,” said Assistant Commissioner Platz.