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UPDATE: Five kids rescued, over 150 people under investigation in child porn takedown

Coast-to-coast project involved more than 40 police agencies

Five children have been rescued as part of a coast-to-coast child exploitation take down.

The project dubbed Operation Snapshot III involved over 40 police agencies and was headed up by the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre.

RCMP Sergeant Michael Petrilli tells Newstalk 1010 officers went online and watched people swap and discuss material that exploits kids online. He would not reveal exactly what websites this happened on. Under Operation Snapshot III, close to two million images and videos have been seized along with hundreds of computers and hard drives.

Over 150 people have been charged or are still under investigation. They face a combined 343 charges, and that number could grow.

Petrilli describes the people charged as being from "all walks of life": parents of victims, other family members of victims and people who had access to kids through their jobs.

Petrilli says one child each from Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, along with two from British Columbia, have been taken out of abusive situations.  All of them are younger than 12 years old.

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  1. john posted on 06/19/2014 12:22 PM
    lets hope thay did it right this time . u know get into peoples computers WITH a warrant .
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