The Oshawa Express - Fight to end child exploitation
       
Fight to end child exploitation
July 29,2009

By Katie Strachan
The Oshawa Express

The Internet is unregulated, anonymous, and secretive. It’s a place where predators can roam free, pretending to be whomever they want. But now Durham Regional Police (DRPS) have another tool they can use in the fight to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation on the Internet. Funding from the provincial government will allow them to explore other options to ensure police win the fight. DRPS is slated to receive more than $310,000 over the next two years to support the Ontario strategy to fight child exploitation online.

The strategy will help police in monitoring websites, chat rooms and newsgroups to identify suspected child predators and victims to spare them any further victimization. The funding will also help investigators work with other agencies and jurisdictions to help apprehend more offenders and help victims. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will coordinate the strategy with 18 different police services across the province, including Durham Region.“Protecting our children from predators while they utilize the Internet is a top priority for Durham Regional Police,” says Chief Mike Ewles.

“This additional funding will go a long way in helping our officers fight online crimes and exploitation.”
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