A PERTH woman and three men will face court after they allegedly helped parents abduct their own children across Australia in contravention of family law orders.
Detectives say as part of a two-year investigation 10 missing children have been located with a parent who had abducted them.
“Five of these are believed to be linked to this group of people,” federal police Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz said in a statement on Thursday.
“The actions of this group do not protect children. What it does is potentially endanger the safety and wellbeing of them.”
Australian Federal Police investigators have searched locations in Grafton, Dubbo, Perth, Townsville and a sailing boat in Fremantle which News Corp Australia reports was purchased to aid the abductions.
A 78-year-old Perth woman has been served with a court attendance notice for December.
Two men, aged 63 and 64, have been arrested and charged and are due to face Grafton Local Court on Thursday, while another man, aged 83, is to appear in Townsville Local Court.