Pictures of clothes worn by abused children released to help find paedophiles

Australian police have released pictures of clothes and bedding worn by abused children in order to track down pedophiles.

A Disney Princesses T-shirt, a leaf decorated with butterflies, and a baseball cap are among the carefully cropped stills from disgusting abuse videos.

Detectives say identifying the items could help save children from exploitation and bring those responsible to justice.

The videos are believed to have originated in the Asia Pacific region and were compiled from cold cases.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said in a statement: “As part of a world-leading initiative, we shared non-confrontational images of child abuse material to advance our investigation.”

The images were in the background of sexual abuse videos.

Items include a hat with characters from the video game Five Nights At Freddy’s and various bedding items.

Police said the production and distribution of images of child abuse “is getting worse and more industrial”.

The statement said: “In the early to mid-2000s, a child sex offender had about 1,000 pictures and now it is estimated that the number is between 10,000 and 80,000 pictures and videos.”

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AFP Deputy Commissioner Lesa Gale said: “No child is ever forgotten and investigators never give up.

“Child sexual abuse is abhorrent and we need every member of the community to be our eyes and ears to help the police rescue victims and arrest perpetrators.

“No clue is too small. Your little tip could be the information we need to save a child from significant harm. “

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