Australian woman accused of offering child for sex to husband on WhatsApp after sending him pictures of same minor
- The 35-year-old woman reportedly offered child abuse material to a man from abroad
- She would also offer the man the child known to the woman for sex
- The man gave a tip to the AFP who arrested the woman in Armidale, NSW
An Australian woman has been arrested after allegedly sending child abuse material and offering a child for sex to a man abroad via WhatsApp.
The 35-year-old woman and man communicated via the encrypted messaging platform where she reportedly sent him the illegal material.
He filed a tip with the Australian Federal Police, who arrested the woman at her home in NSW on Thursday in her suburb of Armidale, northern Tablelands.
The child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was known to the woman and was placed with family.
The 35-year-old woman and man communicated via the encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp, where she reportedly sent him the illegal material (stock image)
After the AFP received the tip through their online ‘Report Abuse’ portal, the Australian Center to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) initiated an investigation.
NSW police carried out a morning attack on the woman’s property, where they confiscated an electronic device that will be forensically investigated.
The woman was accused of using a carriage service to transfer child abuse material and of producing child abuse material for use through a carriage service.
AFP acting commander ACCCE and child protection operations Paula Hudson said they are investigating the man who gave the tip, but they are not currently treating him as a suspect.
“We know who the person is … who received the images. They decided it was against their moral code and they reported it, “she said The Sydney Morning Herald.
She said there was no financial benefit to the woman who reportedly would send child abuse material to offer the child for sexual abuse.
He filed a tip with the Australian Federal Police, who arrested the woman at her home in the northern suburb of Armidale of the Tablelands on Thursday (photo: Australian Federal Police officers)
Acting Commander Hudson said that despite the current COVID-19 crisis, the AFP and ACCCE will not lose focus on combating child exploitation.
“Our officers are still working diligently to identify and prosecute those who hunt our children,” Acting Commander Hudson said in a statement.
“Our work to end the sexual exploitation of children, whether online or physical abuse, will stop for nothing.
“Even as our society struggles with this health crisis, this is a warning to potential offenders that we are still active and that we will still catch you.”
She wanted parents to be aware of the applications and websites their children were using and regularly discuss their activities online.
‘Look at [apps] together. It is important that children feel comfortable and that they can approach and trust you. ‘
The woman appeared at Armidale local court on Friday and did not apply for bail, although bail was formally denied.
She will appear in court on April 8.
The child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was known to the woman and was placed with family (stock image)