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Ottawa, June 26, 2013 – Public Safety Minister Vic Toews today commended members of a joint police operation which resulted in the rescue of two children and led to child pornography charges against 20 individuals in Atlantic Canada:

“I congratulate all those who contributed to the success of Operation Snapshot II and most notably, the rescue of two young victims. My thanks go out to the many law enforcement members who were involved in the arrest of individuals suspected of having committed heinous crimes against children. This coordinated effort involving federal, provincial, regional and municipal police agencies highlights their commitment to saving children who are victims of sexual exploitation and arresting individuals involved in this despicable activity.

Our government has been clear: those who possess, distribute or produce child pornography are committing horrific crimes and should be punished to the full extent of the law. We are committed to protecting our most vulnerable citizens from this abhorrent act.”

Operation Snapshot II was led by the RCMP's Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and Behavioural Sciences Branch and included the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Halifax Regional Police, Cape Breton Regional Police, Charlottetown Police Service, and Springhill Police Service, as well as RCMP divisions in Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

For more information on the RCMP-led operation, please visit the following link:

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Julie Carmichael
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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