- As part of a global investigation into online child sexual exploitation, the RCMP announced that 47 Canadians had been arrested and 12 children had been removed from abusive situations.
ON WEDNESDAY, the RCMP announced that 47 Canadians had been arrested and 12 children have been excluded from abusive circumstances as part of a global investigation into online child sexual exploitation.
186 charges have been placed in Canada so far as part of Operation H, according to the Mounties. They said that arrests have been made in eight provinces over the last two years and that the investigation is still ongoing.
According to the RCMP, the investigation began in New Zealand in the fall of 2019 after an electronic service provider notified authorities there that a large number of subscribers were sharing “some of the most graphic as well as violent child sexual abuse material online.”
According to them, 90,000 accounts were found to have or share child sexual abuse material.
“Online child sexual exploitation is a crime that knows no bounds and is one of the most heinous crimes perpetrated against our most vulnerable – our children…” “Operation H is a primary example of how global collaboration could help all of our countries protect children,” said RCMP Supt. Andre Boileau of the National Child Exploitation Crime Centre in a news release.
New Zealand authorities said in a statement that the child abuse evidence “is some of the most egregious investigators have been exposed to.” Many of the children in the photos and videos were infants who had been subjected to obvious and deliberate pain and suffering.”
According to them and the European Union police agency Europol, the international investigation has resulted in the arrest of dozens of suspects in New Zealand and the protection of 146 children worldwide.
According to Europol, more than 800 cases have been opened internationally, with more than 100 suspects identified across the EU.
According to Toronto police, who were consulted as part of the investigation, six men have been arrested and jailed with a total of 18 offenses and some related to possessing, accessing, and distributing child sex abuse material.
According to Toronto police sex crimes unit Insp. Justin Vander Heyden, one of the accused, has since been convicted as well as imprisoned, one has died, and the other 4 are still awaiting trial.
The suspects range in age from 31 to 41 years old.
Source: Global News
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