WA Police: Australian children rescued from sexual abuse as police target suspected predators

Three children have been rescued from ongoing abuse and 45 people have been charged in a major police operation in Western Australia targeting child exploitation material.

The joint operation by the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and WA Police executed more than 60 search warrants in WA metropolitan and provincial locations over a seven-day period.

More than 35,000 child exploitation images and videos were confiscated, with 45 people charged with 149 offences.

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Three children were also identified and rescued from ongoing child sexual abuse.

More than 35,000 child exploitation images and videos have been confiscated by police. Recognition: AFP

AFP Detective Superintendent Graeme Marshall said the arrests are an example of the work AFP and Washington police do every day to protect children across the country.

“Let this serve as a warning to anyone producing or sharing child abuse material – you will be caught,” he said.

Police accused more than 45 Western Australians of child investigation material during the operation. Recognition: AFP

WA Police Detective Superintendent Gordon Fairman said many offenders have the wrong belief that hiding behind a screen offers them protection.

“People who create, distribute or possess child exploitation material may believe they are anonymous and hiding behind a computer,” he said.

“Let me tell you they are not. As this operation demonstrates, we can identify them, we can locate them and we can prosecute them.”

In 2021, the Australian Center to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received more than 33,000 reports of child exploitation, double the number in 2019.

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