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International and Multi-Jurisdictional Child Sexual Exploitation Investigations Standard Practice for the NCECC

November 2, 2007 — There have been a number of international and multi-jurisdictional child sexual exploitation cases in the news over the past month. These include Canadian suspects in Thailand.

The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) receives new international and multi-jurisdictional files like these every two to three weeks. At any given time, there are a dozen or more of these cases under investigation the large majority of which have over 100 suspects. The NCECC’s strong national and international links are facilitating these and other investigations in Canada.

A specialized team of NCECC investigators deals with international and multi-jurisdictional cases; collaborating with the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction and liaising with the Internet service providers to try and obtain the identity of the suspects.

As the Canadian coordination centre, the NCECC works collaboratively with law enforcement partners in Canada and with Interpol partners. It coordinates international requests to conduct online sexual exploitation investigations in Canada. The centre also links Canadian police agencies to coordinate investigations, conduct research, promote investigative standards, and advance prevention/awareness efforts.

The trail of child sexual exploitation crosses many jurisdictions and requires partners to work together to create the links that help to identify perpetrators and lead to charges and prosecution.

The primary concern of the NCECC is to identify and locate victims of abuse and ensure that perpetrators are no longer free to continue their harmful activities.

For information on the Government of Canada’s Initiatives Protecting Children Against Exploitation including:

  1. the laws
  2. child prostitution and child sex tourism
  3. sentencing provisions
  4. international cooperation
  5. extradition

please visit http://www.justice.gc.ca/en/news/nr/2001/doc_25853.html