RCMP is advising the public about Internet Child Exploitation. In 2015, Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes Unit began an investigation into reports of child pornography and exploitation.
The investigation revealed youth were coerced into providing nude photos through social media. Charges of child luring, extortion and possession of child pornography were laid against an adult who plead guilty and was sentenced to 3 years jail.
“While it is difficult to report on crimes this serious without stating dates, places, and the name of the accused, it is more important that we protect the victims. This was a case that had multiple victims and jurisdictions, and it is equally important the public is aware that these types of offences can take part in any part of Canada, including the Northwest Territories”, states Marie York-Condon, Northwest Territories Media Relations. “We want any potential victims to know that if they believe they are being exploited, they can come forward and we can investigate the file thoroughly,” she continues.
RCMP is asking any potential victims of Internet child exploitation to come forward so they can investigate their cases.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to teach internet safety to their children and youth.