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International Law Enforcement Agencies Arrive in Sydney Next Week for the AFP Hosted Virtual Global Taskforce Conference

Sydney, NSW (News4us.com) November 22, 2010

International Law Enforcement Agencies Arrive in Sydney Next Week for the AFP Hosted Virtual Global Taskforce Conference

International Law Enforcement Agencies Arrive in Sydney Next Week for the AFP Hosted Virtual Global Taskforce Conference

The AFP will host the fourth Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) conference, with international law enforcement agencies arriving in Sydney next week to discuss ways to combat online child exploitation.

Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor and AFP Commissioner Tony Negus will officially open the two-day conference on 2 December. This is the first time the conference has been held in Australia.

Commissioner Negus said the purpose of the conference was to develop international alliances, helping the AFP and international counterparts to decrease online child sexual exploitation and related offences such as child sex tourism.

“This high-calibre international event offers a global platform for delegates to join forces, share expertise, skills and resources and develop and strengthen alliances worldwide,” Commissioner Negus said.

National Manager High Tech Crime Operations and VGT Chair Neil Gaughan said this year’s conference theme, Global Child Protection in Tomorrow’s Virtual World, reflected an innovative approach to tackling online child sexual exploitation.

“The growth of the internet has contributed to the growth of online crime, including an increase in prevalence and severity of child abuse images,” Assistant AFP Commissioner Gaughan said.

“Over the two days we will open the dialogue on challenges which are faced in the virtual world and look at new and innovative approaches to deterring and preventing internet-facilitated child sexual exploitation.”

Assistant Commissioner Gaughan also said the conference would guide the future of policing online child exploitation crime and develop ways to prevent online child exploitation through education strategies.

Microsoft, Fujitsu and Telstra have stepped forward to support the event which will bring together representatives from industry, academia, government and non-government agencies from across the globe who share a common interest in protecting children online.

The VGT was established in 2003 to combat the increase in prevalence of online child sexual exploitation.

The AFP became the VGT Chair and Secretariat for a three-year period in December last year.


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