|Ontario Provincial Police say they have laid more than 270 charges against 80 people as part of a massive investigation into sexual abuse and online exploitation of children. The charges include making, distribution and possession of child pornography, as well as sexual assault. |
During the investigation, 20 victims were identified, the OPP said in a news release. Police were also able to rescue nine minors who were working in the sex trade against their will, “including 14, 15, and 16-year-olds.”
|As part of their investigation, the OPP identified more than 2,000 unique IP addresses across the province that were either “download candidates” for suspected child pornography, or showed that the user had visited a child exploitation website.|
Police said the arrests send a critical message to those who make, share and access child abuse material online.