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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 73 Moncton couple arrested for production and distribution of child pornography Moncton, N.B. Date published: 2006-11-24 http://news.gc.ca Internet Child Exploitation Section, "J" Division RCMP During the early morning of Wednesday, November 22, 2006 the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Section with the assistance of the Codiac Regional RCMP executed a search warrant in a Moncton home. ICE members arrested a 42-year-old man and 39-yearold woman, both from Moncton, for production, distribution, and possession of child pornography. Several items including computer equipment relating to child pornography were also seized. A 14-year-old girl was removed from the residence and is presently in the care of Child and Family Services. The two adults were released with strict conditions and will appear in court at a later date. ____________________________________________ Police warn online child porn growing more violent By Kevin Bissett, Canadian Press Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 http: www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story © Canadian Press 2006 FREDERICTON -- Child pornography on the Internet is becoming more aggressive and violent, police in New Brunswick warned Wednesday as revelations emerged of a worldwide network that trades the illegal images. RCMP Insp. Michelle Martin said the pictures are no longer of nude children on the beach, but now include violent images of children being assaulted. "They are infants, they are not even walking and they are still in diapers," she said in a presentation to a public forum in Fredericton. "And adults are having sexual intercourse with them. There are pictures with animals." Martin, who heads a five-member Internet child exploitation unit based in Fredericton, said while such behaviour has been around for a long time, the Internet has made it more accessible. She said the number of arrests goes up as more investigators are added, but the proliferation of child pornography on the Internet is spreading at a lightning pace. "It's a $2.6-billion industry with 20,000 new child porn websites every month," said Martin. A national child sex abuse tipline on the Internet saw a rapid spike in the number of online child sexual exploitation cases reported during its first year. By the end of January 2006, 5,771 child exploitation reports were made to Manitoba-based Cybertip.ca -- a 430 per cent increase from 2004. "Cybertip is kind of the Neighbourhood Watch of the Internet," said Lianna McDonald, executive director of Child Find Manitoba. News reports of people arrested for possession of child pornography have become a daily occurrence. On Wednesday, U.S. and international authorities, completing an investigation that began in Canada, charged 27 people in an online child pornography sting. Throughout Canada, arrests and charges for child porn possession and distribution have been on the rise. Late Wednesday, Halifax police announced they were laying child porn charges against two Halifax-area men. Waclaw Otomanski, 54, was charged with possession, manufacturing and distribution, and Joseph Hanna, 37, of Dartmouth, N.S., was also arrested and charged with possession. The charges come in the wake of child porn charges being laid against a high-profile swim coach in Dartmouth. Last month, police in Newfoundland and Labrador arrested two men following an extensive investigation into a porn and prostitution ring that allegedly involved 40 young girls. Some of the defendants are arguing the police have become overzealous. In the news... As you can see from these few recent news items, the problem of Child Pornography is Canada-wide. (cont’d...)

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