150 individuals arrested in Nation-wide Child Porn Sting, 5 children rescued

0
219

Surrey man is also one among the arrested individuals

Dartmouth/Edmonton: Five children were removed from harm and over 150 individuals were arrested or are presently under investigation as part of a national coast to coast operation, called Operation Snapshot III. The operation, which began in February 2014, involved over 40 police agencies and was coordinated by the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC).

“For every person arrested and prosecuted, dozens of potential future victims are saved from harm,” said RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. The operation targeted child sex offenders who collect, possess, share, make available, distribute and produce child sexual exploitation material online. The operation involved 167 investigations that were conducted by municipal, provincial and federal police services, which resulted in the seizure of hundreds of computers and hard drives along with nearly two million images or videos.

“Prevention is key in combating internet-facilitated child sexual exploitation,” said RCMP Superintendent John Bilinski, Officer in Charge of the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploitation Children/Behavioural Sciences Branch. “Empowering children, parents, friends and teachers on how to combat internet predators can make a difference. It is crucial for people to educate themselves about who to trust, where to find help and how to take action.”

Operation Snapshot III follows the two previously successful operations: Operation Snapshot in 2012 targeted individuals in the Prairie and Northern regions of Canada, and Operation Snapshot II in 2013 focused on individuals in Atlantic Canada. The two operations combined were responsible for the rescue of five children, the arrest of 54 individuals and the seizure of millions of child sexual exploitation images and countless leads in other child sexual exploitation cases. In the arrested individuals 11 men are from B.C, one is from Surrey.