Woman charged after producing child abuse material, offering child to strangers

A NSW woman, who allegedly offered a child to strangers to be sexually abused, has been charged with sending and producing child abuse material.

The 35-year-old was arrested at her Armidale property, in the state's Northern Tablelands on Thursday.

It followed an investigation by Australian Federal Police officers into the woman's recent online activities which involved the alleged abuse of a child known to her.

AFP officers launched an investigation into the woman after a report from a member of the public that a woman was using an international encrypted messaging service to share child abuse material of a child known to her.

The tip was made on the "Report Abuse" portal on the AFP website and included an allegation that the woman was offering the child to strangers to be sexually abused.

Information gathered from the report was then investigated by the Australia Centre to Counter Child Exploitation.

Police conducted an early morning raid at the woman's property on Thursday, seizing an electronic device which will now undergo forensic examination.

She was arrested and charged with using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material and producing child abuse material for use through a carriage service. She is expected to face Armidale Local Court on Friday.

The child is in the care of family.

AFP Acting Commander ACCCE and Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said the COVID-19 crisis would have no impact on the work of authorities targeting child exploitation.

“Even now as our society grapples with this health crisis, this is a warning to would-be offenders that we are still active and we will still catch you,” she said.



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