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Federal Ombudsman For Victims of Crime Congratulates Law Enforcement For Largest-Ever Investigation

OTTAWA (Ontario) March 26, 2009 - The Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Steve Sullivan, today joined with law enforcement officials from across Canada, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) in the announcement of the largest ever co-ordinated investigation into Internet-facilitated child sexual abuse in the country.

"I would like to congratulate law enforcement from across Canada and the NCECC for their extraordinary work in coordinating and executing this extensive investigation," said Sullivan. "Internet-facilitated child sexual exploitation is a horrific and growing problem that must be fought. By working together in partnership and using innovative investigation strategies, Canadian law enforcement officials have taken an important step forward in helping innocent child victims."

Since its inception, the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime has been vocal about the importance of this issue and the need to rescue and support its victims.

"What is important to understand is that each of the images out there represents an abused child," explained Sullivan. "Law enforcement is doing an incredible job. It's exactly this kind of proactive and collaborative work that will help to identify and rescue these children."

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims to address their needs, promotes their interests and makes recommendations to the federal government on issues that negatively impact victims.

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Christina McDonald
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613-941-3428