Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

January 15, 2008 13:06 ET

Statement: Minister Day Applauds Ongoing International Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse on the Internet

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, issued the following statement in response to an update by the RCMP on "Operation Koala", an international investigation of internet child sexual abuse involving the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, the European Police Office (Europol) and Canadian law enforcement agencies.

"Child sexual abuse of any kind is a horrifying crime. I would like to commend the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre and its European and Canadian partners for their ongoing work during this very important investigation. As a result of their hard work, nine individuals have been arrested.

Large-scale investigations such as Operation Koala are complex, and involve a high degree of coordination by law enforcement agencies and other partners in North America and Europe. The RCMP has been working with 18 Canadian law enforcement organizations to investigate nearly 100 individuals suspected of participating in internet child sexual abuse.

The Government of Canada remains committed to the global fight against the sexual exploitation of children and we will continue to work with our domestic and international partners to address this terrible crime. In Budget 2007, we invested $6 million to help protect children from online predators and to combat human trafficking. We will continue to extend our full support to Operation Koala and other similar investigations that help bring those who sexually abuse children to justice."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863