Thursday, September 23, 2004

'Loathsome, Unspeakable' Child Porn Seized in B.C.

B.C. RCMP and border guards seize 100 discs full of child porn
Canadian Press
September 23, 2004

BURNABY, B.C. (CP) - RCMP have seized 100 DVDs full of "loathsome and
unspeakable" child pornography destined for a Vancouver-area address.
The investigation began Aug. 27 when customs agents at the airport became
suspicious of a package from the Philippines labelled quilts. An inspection
found the quilts were hiding DVDs depicting child porn and bestiality. The
Mounties then raided a Burnaby man's home and a rented storage locker where
they found more banned porn in the form of DVDs, videos and magazines, along
with a small quantity of marijuana.
Cpl. Pierre Lemaitre said the discovery is unlike anything the Burnaby
detachment has seen and is an especially gruelling job for the lead
investigator who must view all of the DVDs.
She's already started and some of the scenes depict sex acts with children
as young as seven years old. Bestiality involving dogs and horses is also
featured.
"We are concerned with our primary investigator," Lemaitre said.
"It's very draining. Even though she may not have children of her own, she
has nieces and nephews. It really hits home and it's impossible to walk
away.
"Even though it's your job, the subconscious still thinks about these
unbelievable acts."
The force said it is working with the Canadian Border Service Agency and
foreign police forces on the case, helping to attempt to identify the
multiple victims on the videos.
Police say it's likely that hundreds of kids in Asia, probably from the
Philippines and Thailand, were exploited in the videos.
Officers will also try to determine if any local children were involved.
A 54-year-old Burnaby man has been charged with two counts of possessing
child pornography, one count of importing child pornography, one count of
mailing obscene material and one count of possession of marijuana.
The man's name is not being release, which is unusual.
Lemaitre said he is married with children and police are not releasing the
man's name out of respect for them.
"We truly feel that the family are also victimized by the discovery of this
material," he said.
"We have to use our discretion and for the sake of the family, not release
the name of the accused."
Lemaitre said parents need to talk to their kids about sex abuse.
While the latest material seized appears to depict victims in Asia, Canadian
parents shouldn't kid themselves into thinking it doesn't happen here.
"We can tell you that children are being exploited here in Canada," Lemaitre
said.
"There are predators out there. Find the time to discuss that with your
kids. Awareness is a key factor in prevention."