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Countering child sexual exploitation and abuse - National Press Club Address

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > 20 Feb - Press Club


On Wednesday, 19 February 2020, AFP Commissioner Reece P Kershaw, joined the CEO of Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) Nicole Rose and the CEO of Australia Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) Michael Phelan APM, at the National Press Club to talk about the fight against online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Together they spoke about the number of disturbing trends in recent years regarding child sexual exploitation. This included the severity of violence used against children, the age of victims getting younger, and the increasing volume and dissemination of violent child abuse material.

Commissioner Kershaw highlighted the work of the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) in multi-agency collaboration to stop the exploitation of children.

“The ACCCE is working on an enhanced victim identification capability, at the national and international level, coordinating our fight and sharing the burden,” Commission Kershaw said.

“These investments are important because our people who police these crimes are doing a tough job. We owe them this: if they will do the worst job, we need to give them the best tools.”

The full speech is available here