The relentless work of rescuing children from online sexual abuse

Father of two, Filmmaker and director of The Children in The Pictures, Akhim Dev joins us for this episode.


He was granted unprecedented access to TASKFORCE ARGOS, a Queensland Police team who are world leaders in rescuing children from online sexual abuse and catching the perpetrators like Shannon McCoole, a South Australian child protection worker revealed to be a child-sex offender and the administrator of a paedophile chat board with 45,000 members.

This intense and relentless and vicarious trauma is real for the officers who do this work, and also Dev.

But their goal is saving children and Task Force Argos has rescued thousands of children from their abusers.

More info:

The Children in the Pictures Documentary and Podcast

To report information to police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000​​ or Task Force Argos, State Crime Command on 3364 4142.

Think U Know - Preventing online child sexual exploitation education program led by the Australian Federal Police.

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner - independent statutory office 

National Office for Child Safety 

Parents Protect - UK child sexual abuse awareness and prevention resources

Interpol - Crimes against children investigations and prevention


Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 

Co-Host: Emily Webb. You can find her on Instagram here 

Guests:  Akhim Dev

Executive Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard

If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:


Lifeline  on 13 11 14

13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380

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