CANBERRA, May 1 (Xinhua) -- The Australian government has named its first Transnational Organised Crime Coordinator to tackle the growing problem of off-shore organised crimes, especially cybercrimes, child exploitation, human trafficking, illicit drugs and firearms, and money laundering.
Karl Kent, the current Australian Federal Police (AFP) Deputy Commissioner, will work within the Department of Home Affairs to lead a national effort against "transnational serious and organised crime."
Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said a crime coordinator was needed because up to 70 percent of organised crimes occurred off-shore.
"Organised crime is costing Australians around $36 billion every year, but we know the personal cost to victims is much higher," Dutton said in a press release on Tuesday afternoon.
"I am very pleased to welcome Deputy Commissioner Kent as Australia's first coordinator to tackle important issues such as child exploitation, human trafficking and slavery, illicit drugs, illicit firearms and money laundering."