Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Child Pornographers Go High-Tech

AP Online
Monday, October 03, 2005 9:34:00 PM


TORONTO (AP) -- Sex crimes investigators around the world will need
to step up their technological know-how as child pornography becomes
more mobile and difficult to detect, a veteran of Toronto police's sex
crimes unit told an international conference Monday.

Handheld devices including cell phones, PDAs and portable MP3 players
will increasingly be used to take and transfer images of child
pornography, said Det. Sgt. Paul Gillespie.

Gillespie spoke Monday about the Toronto force's Child Exploitation
Tracking System on the first day of a five-day international conference
on how police departments investigate and prevent the exploitation of
children.

"Everything's going to be in the size of a (cellular) telephone that
has the computing power of 10 of the best PCs that are out there right
now. Everything's going to be portable, mobile, wireless -- that's just
going to pose huge challenges for law enforcement and I'm not sure what
the answer is," he told The Canadian Press

In April, Toronto police and Microsoft Canada launched the Child
Exploitation Tracking System, or CETS, a national database that allows
investigators to type in an e-mail address, credit-card number or even
an online handle to track child sex offenders.

The "tip of the iceberg" was the arrest of a 36-year-old man last
month for using a cell phone camera to take digital photographs under
the skirts of young girls in the city's east end, said Gillespie, a
27-year veteran of the Toronto police force.

"The criminals were very early to exploit the powers of the Internet
to their own advantage and I think law enforcement took several years to
realize it," said Gillespie, adding that child pornographers are sharing
the latest trends in technology via online newsgroups and chat rooms.

Toronto's child exploitation unit, established five years ago, has
gained a global reputation of being on the cutting edge of
child pornography investigations.

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