Battle against child predators gets digital boost
Waterloo company joins forces with U.S.-based Child Rescue Coalition
Child Rescue Coalition is an integral partner to law enforcement in the global fight to stop child sexual exploitation.”
Magnet Forensics founder Jad Saliba
The war against child predators in North America just got a new digital weapon.
Waterloo’s Magnet Forensics has teamed up with U.S.-based Child Rescue Coalition (CRC) to combat the rise in child sexual exploitation crimes.
Magnet Forensics, which is a leader in digital investigation software globally, will work with CRC, a nonprofit group working to fight the sexual abuse of children, to help find and convict child predators and rescue their victims.
The partnership, which came together on the recommendation of the national police forces in Canada and the U.K., will see Magnet Forensics donate funds to CRC over several years.
“Child Rescue Coalition is an integral partner to law enforcement in the global fight to stop child sexual exploitation,” Magnet Forensics founder Jad Saliba said in a statement. “We at Magnet Forensics are proud to partner with Child Rescue Coalition and support their operations as we share a common mission of keeping children safe from sexual exploitation and bringing perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice.”
StatsCan reported 6,245 child sexual abuse offences in 2016, up from 4,380 the previous year, and
a 233 per cent rise in such crimes over the last decade. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection also says 78 per cent of the content they saw featured children under the age of 12 and 63 per cent of those kids were under the age of eight.
The CRC says each year, more than 300,000 children are abused in the U.S. alone and predators are using cell phones, social media, and chat applications in their sick practise of targeting children.
Last week, Toronto Police, working with authorities in the U.K. and the U.S., arrested 153 men in 10 countries, including Canada, for the online sexual abuse of children, some as young as 10 months old.
Project Mercury, as the massive, years-long, international investigation was dubbed, also saw the rescue of 17 children.
In some cases, the abuse was not only recorded and distributed but live streamed online where the predators “could actively participate, encourage and direct the sexual abuse of these children,” a police spokesman said, adding that practice is on the rise, globally.