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More than 100 arrested in provincewide child exploitation investigation: OPP

Big child exploitation sting

Ontario Provincial Police say child exploitation is on the rise after more than 100 people were arrested in a provincewide investigation.

OPP Det. Insp. Jordan Whitesell says an investigation in October dubbed Project Maverick led to 107 arrests involving 61 alleged victims.

Whitesell says 428 charges were laid after 255 police investigations across the province.

OPP Det. Sgt. Kari Dart says the investigation involved 27 police forces as part of Ontario's provincial strategy to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation on the internet.

Police say the accused in the investigation are all between 18 to 86 years of age, while the alleged victims range in age from infancy to adulthood.

Whitesell says police forces have seen "huge increases" in the number of victims, arrests, charges laid, police investigations and repeat offenders related to child exploitation since 2006.



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