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Comment: Schapelle Corby's new obsession with missing children is hurting those who suffer most.

Mamamia logo Mamamia 31/05/2017 Sophie Aubrey


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Fluffy socks. A woman riding a bizarre mythical beast. And a handbag, with a clipped-on image of a cheeky little boy in a Spider-Man suit.

This is the mish-mash of posts on Schapelle Corby’s Instagram page.

And it’s difficult to stomach. Because this little boy isn’t just any wide-eyed toddler. This is William Tyrrell, wearing the very superhero costume he was went missing in on September 12, 2014. It’s a photograph that has been seared into our minds.

Since Corby’s return to Australia after spending a decade in prison in Bali, she has taken it upon herself to resurface the tragedies of lost children. It’s an obsession the convicted drug smuggler showed no apparent interest in previously.

Schapelle Corby at the Denpasar District Court in 2005. © AAP Image/Mick Tsikas Schapelle Corby at the Denpasar District Court in 2005.

It began with the words “Where’s William Tyrrell” glued to her handbag when she first landed in Australia.

Her decision swiftly drew criticism from the boy’s family, with the the official Where’s William Campaign explaining they were “not happy”.

“While the Where’s William Campaign aims to increase awareness where possible, this situation regarding Miss Corby has no association whatsoever to William, his loved ones or their campaign to find their little boy,” they wrote on Facebook.

Days later, these sentiments were ignored. Corby again shared William’s photo, this time dragging Daniel Morcombe into her new crusade by referencing “Daniel’s Law” in her Instagram hashtags.

Where's William Tyrrell? #DontBeDistractedByTrivia #Williamicare #PushForDaniel'sLaw #Daniel'sLaw

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