Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 26, 2009 15:18 ET

Minister Van Loan Lauds National Law Enforcement Agencies for Crackdown on Child Sexual Victimization on the Internet

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - The Hon. Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement regarding Project Salvo, the national investigation into the alleged Internet distribution of images constituting child sexual victimization that has culminated in the arrest of more than 50 individuals.

"I would like to thank the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Centre (NCECC) for coordinating Canada's largest ever investigation into child sexual victimization on the Internet. As a result of hard work, we have shut down some widespread exploitation of children.

"I would like to extend my thanks to the RCMP members, and all those involved in this investigation. The Government of Canada remains committed to the global fight against the sexual victimization of children, and we will continue to extend our full support to all law enforcement agencies as well as our international partners to address this serious crime.

"This success underlines the importance of this Government's National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. We are achieving results thanks to our valued partners, including the RCMP and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which manages, a national tipline to report suspected cases of child sexual exploitation online.

"Child sexual victimization of any kind is a serious and troubling crime and this Government will continue to take action to combat the problem."

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