Massive Crackdown Arrests Numerous Child Pornographers

A police crackdown took place on the child pornographers in the three Prairie Provinces and two northern territories, resulting in 19 arrests, and rescue of one 14-years-old child abuse victim from Saskatoon. It was a joint multi-agency investigation, led by the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre.

The crackdown resulted in more than 30 charges including sexual assault, sexual interference, indecent exposure, Internet luring, possession and distribution of child pornography and breach of a court order. The mission was codenamed as Operation Snapshot. Police also took in custody hundreds of computers, hard drives and hundreds of thousands of child sexual abuse images. The pictures mostly focused on the children aged fewer than 12.

A press conference at the Regina’s RCMP headquarters explained that Operation Snapshot was initiated in June and focused on identifying high-risk offenders who are in possession of and distributing child abuse images across peer-to-peer file-sharing networks and charge them.  The investigation involved RCMP and municipal police in northern and southern Alberta, Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Winnipeg, Brandon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre is established since 2004 to enforce law focusing on Canada’s National Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. The Centre was inaugurated in view of the ever growing use of internet in sexual exploitation crimes against children including the exchange of child sexual abuse images and child luring.

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