Abused Canadian child rescued after Web appeal
MONTREAL, (AFP) A sexually abused Canadian child has been placed
under protection after sending an appeal for help over the Internet to
an Australian website, Canadian police said on Friday.
The child used the Google search engine to send a message to the
website for children, pleading for help, and the e-mail was forwarded to
local police, spokeswoman Julie Gagnon of the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police told AFP.
The child typed in "kids help", found the Australian site offering
online help to children and "sent a message saying 'this is what is
happening to me, please help me so it doesn't happen any more',"
according to another spokeswoman, Corporal Lana Prosper. The police
withheld the identity and age of the child, but broadcaster CBC reported
the victim was a girl living in New Brunswick province. Police in
Queensland, Australia, had alerted the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation's Innocent Images International Task Force in Washington.
The US outfit determined the origin of the appeal and informed
Canada's National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre (NCECC).
The Canadian authorities were able to trace the child to an address
with help from Internet provider Bell Aliant and alert local police,
Gagnon said. She said that the child had been placed under protection
and that an investigation was underway. "Bell Aliant's cooperation
helped us to locate this child and ensure that (the child) was quickly
removed from the harmful environment," said Superintendent Earla-Kim
McColl, Officer in Charge of the NCECC.
"This is an example of how children can be saved when ISPs and law
enforcement work together."
"The most important factor to realize ... especially for children in
today's society, is that there is help out there for them," said
The Queensland-based Kids Help Line describes itself as Australia's
only 24-hour telephone and online counselling service aimed at children