The Queensland Police Service’s Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group – Argos – will host the ‘Youth Technology and Virtual Communities’ conference at Bond University starting Tuesday.
This year the event will focus on the issues of human trafficking and travelling sex offenders, with a number of key national and international experts presenting on how law enforcement and industry are working together across borders to fight these crimes.
Now in its fifth year, the conference is recognised for bringing together international law enforcement, prosecutors, government agencies, victim groups and industry leaders – all with a vested interest in finding tangible solutions to the issues surrounding child exploitation.
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450 delegates from across Australia, Europe, North and South America, Canada and South East Asia will gather for three days of presentations, workshops and training on the latest investigative tools.
“Collectively all of the attendees share one common purpose – to stop the exploitation of children. We recognise the importance of interagency collaboration and that child protection requires a holistic approach. This conference provides an opportunity to share experience and expertise, while also facilitating training in the latest developments in technological tools – all to deliver a coordinated response to a crime that has no boundaries,” Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon said.
“This conference is the only one of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, providing our Australian colleague’s the opportunity to interact and learn from some of the world’s leading experts,” Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said.
International agencies attending include Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United States and Canada.