POLICE and the Aboriginal community have launched an initiative to combat sexual exploitation of Aboriginal children on major roads in regional areas.
A reward of $5000 is offered for credible information that leads to an arrest for sexual exploitation of an Aboriginal minor.
Primarily targeting major trucking routes and highways, the initiative encourages reporting of any incidents.
Police see the reward scheme as a timely reminder to the community that police take the issue of child exploitation seriously.
“Police need the community's help to drive down these abhorrent crimes,” Assistant Commissioner Stephen Bradshaw said. “I appeal to the community to come forward with information about a location, an incident, or persons involved in the sexual exploitation of Aboriginal minors.
“Police will continue to proactively target offenders who think they can fall under the radar and exploit children in regional and rural communities.
“I urge people to be vigilant along major roadways and trucking routes and to come forward and report.
“I remind members of the public that the sexual exploitation of children is an insipid crime that affects whole communities.
“All children need to be protected, and vulnerable children need our protection even more.”
You can help by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.