B.C., Integrated Child Exploitation Team
The results of a recent project conducted by the British Columbia Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (BC ICE) has found a troubling number of people in the province exchanging digital child pornography (i.e. sexual abuse images).
Between April 1 and September 30, 2014, BC ICE investigators tracked known illegal material that was exchanged online through peer-to-peer file sharing and found 1228 unique instances in British Columbia – statistics that have been included in today’s release of the Statistics Canada Crime Severity report.
“Frankly, even as a police officer who investigates this type of crime, the extent of problem is disturbing,” says Inspector Ed Boettcher, Officer in Charge of BC RCMP Communications. “A single exchange of material where a child was victimized is too many, this many instances over a six month period is tragic.”
This was the first time a project like this was conducted in British Columbia and was meant to establish a baseline for reference, and as a result BC ICE investigators cannot say whether the issue is getting worse or better.
“This project established a baseline of what was happening in the province, and we feel that it is important for the public to be aware of the issue,” says Inspector Boettcher. “People need to monitor computers in their own homes and businesses. If you suspect that somebody has been using it to download or exchange explicit illegal materials please contact your local police.”
BC ICE is working with local police throughout the province to investigate the incidents further.
“Our initial investigation provided us a rough location of where these offences were occurring. We are now pursuing these investigations,” says Inspector Boettcher. “For those that think they can engage in this type of criminal act and hide, you should know that we have the expertise to find you. You will be held accountable for taking part in these heinous criminal acts.”
Insp. Ed Boettcher
BC RCMP Communications
Please note that these resources are provided by Sooke PocketNews and not the RCMP. Please also note that SPN does not endorse the views or opinions of the content contained within the links. Given the sensitive subject matter, these links have been provided as a courtesy. They are NOT comprehensive, and we encourage you do your own additional research. – Britt Santowski, SPN
- RAINN – Rape Abuse & Incest National Network
- End Child Pornography
- Crimes against children – Interpol
Resources for victims
- RCMP Sooke Victim Services (250) 642-5241
- Sooke Crisis & Referral Centre, (250) 642-0215
- Sexual assault centre, Victoria (250) 383-3232
Resources for offenders
- Rehabilitation for sex offenders (Canadian Government article, no actual resources offered)
- FAQs on sex offender treatment
- Sex Offender Help