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National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC)

Canada ’s National Centre Helps Save Three Children in Germany from Sexual Exploitation and Catch their Abuser

Ottawa , Ontario, November 16, 2005 – Thanks to efforts by investigators working with the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC), three children in Germany were identified and saved from further sexual exploitation, and the perpetrator has been apprehended by local authorities.

Two complaints that were forwarded to the NCECC by Cybertip.ca – Canada ’s national tipline – which pertained to a Japanese image board containing graphic child sexual abuse images.

After a preliminary search, NCECC investigators confirmed that the website contained very graphic child sexual abuse images and contravened the Criminal Code of Canada.

“The photos appeared to feature the same victims, constituting a series,” says Supt. Earla-Kim McColl, Officer in Charge of the NCECC. “Toronto Police Services also provided the NCECC with additional photos that related to the same series. The investigation suggested the children were located in Austria .”

An investigational package was prepared by the NCECC and provided to the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA Austria, the national police agency). The BKA Austria and BKA Germany conducted subsequent analyses that led to the identification of the three child victims between the ages of eight and 10- years old in northern Germany , and the apprehension of the suspect – a “friend” of the family.

The suspect was arrested on October 31, 2005 and made immediate admissions regarding the abuse. A number of disturbing and incriminating videos were also recovered.

“Through integration with law enforcement worldwide, three children have been saved from further abuse – which is our «raison d’être»,” adds Supt. McColl. “Successes like this are very rewarding and our opportunity to share it publicly celebrates the young lives saved, and warns abusers that we are collaborating internationally to seek them out.”

The NCECC is the national clearing house and coordination centre for all international requests to conduct investigations in Canada related to child sexual exploitation located on the Internet.

The centre works collaboratively with law enforcement partners in Canada and internationally to protect children against the threat of Internet child exploitation.

A critical component of the centre is to develop effective methods of identifying and locating victims of abuse so that they can be appropriately cared for and removed from harm.

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For more information, please contact RCMP Media Relations at (613) 993-2999.