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The Saskatchewan police officers who target online sexual predators say they’re being driven to use a range of investigative methods in order to slow down a problem that’s seen a dramatic increase.

Over the past five years their caseload has more than doubled.

« There’s just not enough time in the day to get to every file and some of them have to be put on the backburner until we have a lull, » said Scott Lambie, the staff sergeant in charge of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE).

He said he and the 10 officers who work with him feel like they’re using a teacup to empty a swimming pool.

« Each officer is basically doing twice the work that they were doing when the unit started, » said Lambie. 

In 2013, the Sask. ICE unit opened 192 new files. In 2018, it opened almost 400.

There are similar units in every province and they are also seeing rapid growth in investigative files. In 2017, Statistics Canada released a report which showed child pornography offences had increased by 233 per cent over the decade. Experts attribute that growth to new technology which has enabled offenders to easily record, upload and distribute child pornography online. 

« There’s lots of files that we could be working on but the resources sort of limit of what we can go after, » Lambie said. 

He said a file jumps to the top of the list if a child appears to be in imminent danger.

For example, police learned within the past three weeks about a sexualized video of a naked nine-year-old Saskatchewan girl posted on Youtube. Lambie said now they have to figure out who’s responsible.

« There’s only two really two routes for it to get posted on YouTube, » he said. « There’s a third-party offender involved or the child self-exploited and did it herself. »

Lambie said that as horrific as it sounds, clips being posted to YouTube « isn’t uncommon. »

And he said that’s why police are using every tool available to crack down.

1. Undercover investigations 24/7

Last week, CBC’s iTeam highlighted an example of an undercover operation run by ICE.

One of Lambie’s male officers posed as a 15-year-old girl named Aurora and responded to an online ad posted by 57-year-old Rodney Barras. After three weeks of texting back and forth, police had enough evidence to pursue charges against Barras.

Lambie said these sorts of investigations are not nine-to-five. Officers take their investigative tools home and sometimes even text their targets while at home with their own children.

In 2015, CBC interviewed Rodney Barras for a story about his website Babes-Behind-Bars.com. In 2017, Barras pleaded guilty to attempting to lure someone he thought was a child and to possession of child pornography. (CBC News)

At other times, officers will join online chat groups or social media apps, attempting to make personal connections with people sharing child pornography.

« The internet is all about anonymity. Who we’re talking to doesn’t really know who we are as well as we don’t really know who they are, » Lambie said.

Lambie said diving into this world is « a really creepy part of the job » but it’s necessary in order to find people who cloak themselves in secrecy.

In some cases, police have struck a goldmine when « they’ve managed to acquire a lot of contact information from this person’s devices and share that across the world with the other police agencies. »

Lambie said many investigations require a massive amount of time.

In one extreme recent case, they arrested a man with a collection of 24 million images and videos.

Police suspected he may have been creating child porn, so they had to divide the images up between every officer in the unit and comb through them one-by-one. 

Sergeant Scott Lambie says Saskatchewan’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit has seen an explosion of growth in online offences. (CBC News)

2. Facebook helps catch pedophiles

Lambie said his unit receives a steady stream of solid tips from south of the border.

U.S. law requires internet service providers and social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to report any instances of child pornography being shared through their services.

« They report that to their National Center (for Missing & Exploited Children) in the United States who funnels it up to Canada and eventually to the ICE unit where the offense is believed to have occurred, » he said.

He said this process used to take months but now things move at an astonishing pace. He said if someone were to share child pornography through Facebook today « they can get it up to our desks from the U.S. within a week. »

Lambie said police have software that can identify anyone sharing child pornography through peer-to-peer software. (CBC News)

Lambie said Saskatchewan receives 250-300 of these tips every year « and by the time it gets to us, it’s an investigative file … It’s got child pornography in it already identified by somebody down the line. » The U.S.-based NCMEC passes on similar tips for provinces across Canada and countries around the world. 

Lambie’s officers can then go to court and ask a judge for permission to learn the name and address of the person behind the IP address who shared that pornographic image. 

Then the tough police work begins.

« Whether that leads to charges at the end of the day, we have to look at the totality of the evidence. » 

3. Live monitoring shows thousands sharing child porn

Thousands of people in Saskatchewan and across Canada are sharing child pornography right now. Police have the tools to watch them do it and target them for arrest.

These images are commonly shared through what is known as peer-to-peer software. These programs allow people to share files around the world from a publicly-accessible folder on their own computer.

Lambie said because those folders are public, police are able to look inside and compare the contents to a massive database of every image or video of child pornography ever identified by law enforcement around the globe.

This map flags the computers that were sharing suspected child pornography in Saskatchewan at noon on Friday. As you zoom in on specific cities, more flags are revealed. (CBC News)

Lambie explained that every image contains it’s own « hash value » or « DNA footprint. » 

« If that image is shared or that video was shared that hash value was known because of this library. »

Lambie said the software shows a map of the province and flags every computer in the province that is sharing known child pornography. He said there are thousands of them and each case could legitimately be investigated by police, but because of the sheer volume, the software also flags the top ten offenders.

This is the number of computers that were sharing suspected child pornography in Regina at noon on Friday, according to police software. As you zoom in, more flags are revealed and police say each one could be an investigation. (CBC News)

« We just try to hit the top ones off the list and work our way down trying to reduce the availability of it to other people around the world. »

Lambie said once they find an address for a potential offender, that can lead to uncomfortable conversations.

« Six people in the home — all of them are hooked on to the internet. Which one is actually committing the crime? »

He said through their investigation they can usually figure out which device was used to share the images but ultimately, police have to knock on the door.

He said that often begins a series of « life-altering » conversations.

« The ‘not-involved’ parties don’t have a clue what’s going on. Only the suspect really knows what’s going on, » he said. « It’s very difficult for a spouse to then have to admit to their other spouse that yes it’s me. »

In virtually every situation that « spouse » is a man. Lambie could only recall one case where a female was a suspect.

He said sometimes, officers are surprised by the response.

« Recently, we went through a door and the guy said yes you got me I did it … Take me away. »

In other cases, people aggressively deny doing anything wrong. Lambie said some of them have worked hard to cover their tracks. He referenced one frustrating case.

« We thought we had him dead to rights and we knocked on the door, do the search, gather all the digital evidence and after we analyze it there’s nothing there, » Lambie recalled. « We know how they did it but we just couldn’t find the artifact evidence to prove that they did it. »

4. Teens targeted through social media

Lambie said one of his greatest concerns is the increase of teens being targeted for abuse and sexual extortion through social media.

He said every week he hears another story of a teen, usually a girl, who shared nude images of herself with someone online and is now in a crisis.

« Those are mostly through the walk-ins where the mom or the parent has finally been told by the child that this is actually going on. Now they’re scared. What do I do now? »

He estimated this happens about 10 times a month in Saskatchewan.

Lambie said that most social media apps that teens use like Snapchat, Messenger, Kik or Instagram can be infiltrated by men looking to exploit children who are often easy targets.

Lambie said predators use popular social media apps to target teens. (CBC)

He said online predators are savvy and often several steps ahead of their target. They start by making the teen think they are friends and then pour on the flattery.

« The pedophile just makes the female feel great about themselves, » he said.

Then, the requests begin.

« They start by getting them to just send some basic pictures and then it’s topless pictures and then it’s panty pictures and then it’s naked pictures, » Lambie said.

« Before you know it they’re threatening the child to expose them to their their friends on Facebook to family members and the child gets scared and then they’re stuck in this whole sextortion. »

He said once those images have been shared they quickly move around the world and can haunt the teen for years.

He said it’s up to parents to be aware that pedophiles are hunting their children.

« The parents should be aware of what their children are doing with their phone or their computer or any online application, » he said.

He said parents need to check their children’s « friends » list on social media app and ask their kids if they have personally met them or just interacted online. He said many predators hide behind fake profiles.

When asked for his best advice to parents he replied quickly.

« Take phones away from kids. »



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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