Several arrests in child sex exploitation probe

Police say a dozen suspects have been arrested in a years-long child sexual exploitation investigation that involved about 150 officers.

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Quebec's provincial police force Surete du Quebec say the suspects, which range in age from 27 to 74, took part in online discussions about sexual experiences with children and exchanged tips on the best place to meet kids without sparking suspicion.

Exploitation sexuelle - enfants: Une dizaine d’arrestations et de perquisitions ont été réalisées : https://t.co/JnbceXU7DH

— Sûreté du Québec (@sureteduquebec) January 27, 2016

Exploitation sexuelle- enfants: Opération réalisée avec @rcmpgrcpolice, @SPVM et autres services municipaux : env 150 policiers mobilisés.

— Sûreté du Québec (@sureteduquebec) January 27, 2016

Sgt. Joyce Kemp told CTV News Channel on Wednesday that the joint operation included the RCMP, Montreal police and other municipal police forces.

The investigation began in 2013 after a police received a tip from a member of the public.

The arrests were made throughout Quebec and in Toronto on Wednesday morning.

Kemp said the joint team to fight child sexual exploitation was formed in 2012.

"Since this investigation team was put together… nearly 350 arrests have been made and thanks to this, dozens of victims have been identified in different cases," she said.

Kemp said investigators are searching the homes of the suspects and computer equipment has been seized from the residences.

The suspects are expected to appear in a Montreal courthouse on Wednesday.



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