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A sample of what the police actually do:
“Police say 32 people have been charged with 78 offences in a six-day co-ordinated investigation into human trafficking across Canada…”
– Global News
“Police have charged 14 Alberta men with online child sexual exploitation following a lengthy investigation… and together face a total of 33 charges…
… To date they have found up to 25,000 photos and videos. Each of those photos represents a real world victim…”
“… Ontario’s Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet has completed 32,808 investigations and laid 11,408 charges against 3,310 people, police said.
During that period, 870 child victims were identified in Ontario, and another 173 internationally, OPP said.
The child pornography probe also overlapped with incidents connected to human trafficking, allowing police to release nine minors who had been forced into the sex trade against their will.
Those children included 14, 15, and 16-year-olds, police said…”
– Globe and Mail
“… CETS has been credited for the arrest of 64 suspects and the rescue of 43 victims of child pornography or sexual exploitation, according to Michael Eisen, chief legal officer, Microsoft Canada…”
– IT World Canada
“… Since it was established in 2003, the VGT collaboration:
– rescued hundreds of children around the world from sexual abuse
– conducted numerous targeted law enforcement operations into online and offline offending, resulting in over 1000 suspects being investigated
– identified and held to account hundreds of child sex offenders worldwide.
Such examples of these operations include:
– Operation Endeavour (Jan 2014) – an organized crime group that facilitated the live streaming of on-demand child sexual abuse in the Philippines was dismantled …
– Operation Endeavor which began in 2012, has to date resulted in: 29 international arrests, of which 11 were part of the facilitation group in the Philippines; 15 children in the Philippines aged between 6-15 identified and safeguarded from sexual abuse; and over £37,500 ($60,000) identified as having been paid for the live abuse of children by the customer network.
– Operation Rescue (March 2011) – a global paedophile network consisting of thousands of online members was shattered, resulting in more than 200 children being safe-guarded and 184 offenders arrested across the globe…
– Operation Basket (December 2010) – resulted in approximately 230 commercial child sexual exploitation websites being taken down and five key members of the criminal organisation behind these web sites being arrested in the Ukraine
– Operation Elm (August 2008) – over 360 suspects were identified worldwide, over 50 UK arrests and at least 15 children safeguarded.
– Operation Chandler (June 2007) – more than 700 suspects were identified worldwide and more than 40 children safeguarded worldwide.
– Virtual Global Task Force
“… The evidence was strong enough to put Stephen Keating behind bars for 110 years. Investigators rescued his 14 victims…”
“… Members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams have arrested 10 people in connection with a child sexual exploitation sting…”
“… Police say a dozen suspects have been arrested after a years-long child sexual exploitation investigation involving approximately 150 officers.
Quebec’s provincial police force Surete du Quebec say the suspects, who range in age from 27 to 74, took part in online discussions about sexual experiences with children and exchanged tips on the best place to meet kids without sparking suspicion…”
“… 303 people suspected of distributing and producing child sexual exploitation material online were arrested as a result of Operation Atlas… A further 106 victims were identified as a result of this global initiative…”
“… Eight Albertans are facing child sexual exploitation charges following a seven month-long investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)…”
– Global News
“… Hamilton police have charged nine individuals in southern Ontario following an investigation …. Over 100 devices were seized…”
– Global News
“Nearly 400 children have been rescued and 348 adults arrested following an expansive and “extraordinary” international child pornography investigation, Canadian police announced Thursday…
… 50 people were arrested in Ontario, 58 in the rest of Canada, 76 in the United States, and 164 internationally…”
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has a new tool in its fight to find and eliminate child sexual abuse material on the internet.
On Tuesday, the Winnipeg-based agency introduced Project Arachnid, an automated system that searches links on websites previously reported to Cybertip.ca.
The innovative tool detects content at a speed exponentially faster than current methods, according to CCCP, which said in a recent six-week trial period, Project Arachnid:
• Processed over 230 million web pages.
• Detected over 5.1 million unique web pages hosting child sexual abuse material.
• Detected over 40,000 unique images of child sexual abuse.
“A central Alberta man has been sentenced to nine years in jail for sexually assaulting a teenage boy… Pixley was sentenced to three years on each count to be served consecutively.”
“A Halifax-area man is facing child luring charges after police searched a home this week… Paul was charged with luring a child and providing sexually explicit material to a child…”
– Metro News
“On Nov. 18, the provincial Internet Child Exploitation unit with assistance from the RCMP Technological Crime Unit and Cumberland District RCMP searched a home in Athol.
Darryl Wayne Baxter was arrested at the scene without incident.
In Nova Scotia, it is mandatory for citizens to report suspected child pornography. This means that anyone who encounters child pornography material or recordings must report it to the police.
– Cumberland News Now
“… York region police said 104 men have been arrested over a period of several years after police posed as underage sex workers online. The officers posed as children between the ages of 13 and 16.
Out of the completed cases, 87 per cent of suspects (35 out of 40) either pleaded guilty or were found guilty in court.
Sixty-four cases are still before the courts…”
– CTV News
“A 40-year-old man from Ferndale, Wash. has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for secretly trying to cross the border last May to have sex at an Abbotsford hotel with someone he thought was a 12-year-old girl.
– Abbottsford News
“A civilian employee of the Edmonton Police Service is facing child exploitation charges following an investigation launched in February by Victoria Police.
– Victoria Buzz
“Police in southwestern Ontario say 78 people have been arrested in a human trafficking investigation.
… a total of 129 criminal code charges were laid, including four human trafficking charges and 24 drug charges. Thirty-five alleged customers were also charged…”
– CTV News
“Dozens of people have been arrested, and 16 victims removed from exploitative situations, in a cross-country effort to crack down on human trafficking.
– Globe and Mail