IN HONOUR: Carly Ryan.
IN HONOUR: Carly Ryan. Supplied

Carly's Law gives greater powers to protect children

POLICE have been given the power to arrest online predators sooner in a fitting tribute to Carly Ryan, 10 years after her murder.

The Federal Government introduced The Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Bill, or Carly's Law this week.

It will target online predators preparing or planning to cause harm to procure, or engage in sexual activity with a child. This will include those who misrepresent their age.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the new laws would enable law enforcement to take action against predators sooner and with greater consequence.

"The new offence will provide police the power to intervene before predators have a chance to act, before a child is harmed,” he said.

"It will also serve as a strong deterrent, with a tough new sentence of 10 years prison for convicted offenders.

"This legislation is a testament to Sonya Ryan who has tirelessly worked towards this since her 15-year-old daughter Carly was murdered a decade ago by an online predator posing as a teenage boy.”

Carly's mum Sonya, founder and CEO of the Carly Ryan Foundation, said the tough new laws were a beautiful tribute to her daughter's legacy.

"I'm so very happy to have worked with Minister Keenan on getting Carly's Law introduced,” she said.

"We have now given police and prosecutors a new weapon which they can use to intervene sooner before a child becomes a victim.

"This law is a beautiful tribute to Carly's legacy that will give greater protection to children, teenagers and families.”