Quebec to invest $11M to fight online child sexual exploitation with new police unit


MONTREAL — Quebec is committing $11 million to a new police unit that will fight the sexual exploitation of children online.

Authorities say there’s been a spike in this type of crime, whether it be online luring or production of child pornography.

Between 2012 and 2019, police say the number of reports annually have risen from 100 to more than 1,000.

Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault was on hand for the announcement in Montreal today alongside interim Quebec provincial police chief Mario Bouchard and Montreal police chief Sylvain Caron.

The government will invest $2.2 million per year in the unit for five years.

Bouchard says the unit will co-ordinate investigations across the province against online predators.