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Canadian law enforcement targets international internet child sex offenders

Ottawa, Ontario — January 15, 2008 — Representatives of the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Centre (NCECC), Europol and Canadian law enforcement agencies provided an update on “Operation Koala,” an international investigation on an internet child sexual abuse, in Ottawa today.

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Operation Koala involves 30 countries, including Canada. The NCECC has been working with 18 Canadian law enforcement agencies on this investigation which includes nearly 100 individuals suspected of participating.

“So far we have arrested nine individuals across Canada involved in this heinous crime. As investigators, and indeed as a society, we find it appalling that a child’s agony and humiliation provides sexual gratification to offenders,” stated RCMP Superintendent Earla-Kim McColl, Officer in Charge of the NCECC.

“Internet-facilitated sexual abuse of children is occurring around the world at alarming rates. Only through a coordinated international response by law enforcement, industry partners such as internet service providers and the tourism industry, the public, the media, and governmental and non-governmental agencies, can this crime be successfully addressed,” added McColl. “These collaborative efforts enable us to advance our investigations and rescue children that are being sexually abused.”

“The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC), Canadian police agencies and international partners demonstrate the highest level of commitment to preventing and reducing this criminal activity,” concluded Menno Hagemeijer, Europol.

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