New police taskforce announced to tackle child exploitation

A NEW police taskforce has been implemented to tackle child exploitation following a recent inquiry which found the related crimes had risen statewide.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Commissioner Michael Byrne's Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry's final report revealed it was a dark criminal area requiring more support and resources.

Mr Byrne's recommendations included establishing a new taskforce, which will be called Taskforce Orion.

"Headed by a detective inspector, it will tackle child exploitation activities and deliver a tactical operational response to these types of offences," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Taskforce Orion will work alongside the existing Taskforce Argos.

"An extra six staff will be employed for the duration of Taskforce Orion to provide improved forensic capability, to improve victim identification capacity and to provide additional intelligence and technical support."

The government will provide $3.2 million in funding for new resources.

- APN NEWSDESK


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