Australian police save Canadian child porn victim

A child pornography investigation that began in Australia with the discovery of graphic images shared by paedophiles on the internet has led to the rescue of a six-year-old victim in Canada and the arrest of an alleged child rapist.

Const. Jay Murray told reporters Monday that Australian investigators notified Winnipeg police on August 25 of a child sexual assault imagery investigation with a link to Winnipeg.

Winnipeg police have made an arrest in an investigation with Australian police authorities after a six-year-old victim was sexually assaulted. A deeper search of the residence produced numerous electronic devices.

The associate executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Signy Arnason, was at a police press conference on Monday morning to offer additional details on the issue of child sexual assault and pornography.

“We receive 3,500 reports per month from Canadians now, and every single year that’s going up between 10 and 15 per cent, and I expect that trend obviously to continue”, Arnason said.

The accused man has been charged with possession of child pornography, invitation to sexual touching, sexual assault, sexual interference and making, printing, publishing or possessing child pornography for the goal of publication, in addition to importing, distributing, selling or possessing child pornography for the objective of distribution or sale.

“I expect that trend, obviously, to continue”, she said, adding a recent report found 70 per cent of the 44,000 images assessed included sexual assaults against children that were recorded in homes. She feels child sexual abuse imagery is still an “under-discussed issue” that needs more attention.

Arnason said she is glad police worked together to make the bust.

But the issue is not just finding child pornography online and the offenders behind it. Child protection organizations also need to strive to get rid of the content.

“We need to make this abundantly more hard for offenders to find, and to reduce the level of trauma being experienced by children, ” Arnason said.

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