4 September 2023

'No clue is too small': AFP releases images to jog memories and crack sexual exploitation cases

| Claire Fenwicke
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fireplace image released by AFP

The AFP has released several images captured from child abuse material believed to have been filmed in Australia. Photo: AFP Media.

A distinctive brick wall with yellow curtains. A fireplace near a wooden banister. A bed frame with a built-in radio.

These images have been pulled from child abuse material believed to have been filmed in Australia and the AFP has urged everyone to take a look to see if they recognise any detail.

It’s part of the agency’s Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object initiative to help crack cases and potentially remove vulnerable children from harm.

The initiative was launched in March 2021 and has resulted in 908 tip-offs to the AFP.

The AFP said the reports received have been “significant” and sparked “numerous” investigative leads.

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Acting Assistant Commissioner Helen Schneider said while these images were considered needles in a haystack, she believed the public could have information that would help police.

“Victim identification specialists have the painstaking task of going through images and videos frame-by-frame to identify anything that helps with the origin, location or the identity of a victim,” she said.

“Your leads can make or break an investigation and every tip could make all the difference for a vulnerable victim.”

Act Asst Comm Schneider urged anyone who recognised an item in the photos or had any details about their origin to contact the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).

“No child should have to endure sexual abuse and our team of investigators will never give up the fight, but we need every member of the community to be our eyes and ears to help police save victims and arrest perpetrators,” she said.

“No clue is too small. Your small tip could be the information we need to rescue a child from significant harm.”

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The community can also view the images on the ACCCE website and can follow the agency on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) for regular updates on objects uploaded to the website.

If you have information about people involved in child abuse, contact the ACCCE via this online form. If you or someone you know is impacted by child sexual abuse and online exploitation, support services are also available.

If you know abuse is happening right now or a child is at risk, call police immediately on 000.

Original Article published by Claire Fenwicke on Riotact.

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