Vancouver, British Columbia, December 12, 2012 — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced this week that during regular inspections of foreign nationals, officers seized three laptop computers and other electronic devices containing photographic images of suspected child pornography.
On December 2, during the examination of a marine vessel in Surrey, border services officers (BSOs) discovered a laptop computer concealed behind a case of bottled water in the store room. Officers questioned the crew members to identify the owner of the laptop, and then conducted a search of the computer, where they found numerous child exploitation images. Upon discovering the images, officers arrested the crew member and turned him over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), along with the laptop computer. The crew member remains in custody.
On December 5, during the examination of a foreign national seeking entry at the Vancouver International Airport, BSOs discovered suspected child exploitation images on the traveller's laptop. The laptop was seized, as well as multiple USB flash drives, a portable hard drive and two cell phones. The traveller was arrested, refused entry, and left Canada.
Also on December 5, a U.S. resident arrived at the Pacific Highway border crossing onboard a bus. The individual was referred for a secondary examination by BSOs. During the examination of his luggage, BSOs found suspected child exploitation images on his laptop. The traveller was arrested and his electronic media and devices were seized as evidence. The subject and the seized evidence were turned over to the RCMP. The individual was later released from custody on conditions and is scheduled to appear in court in January 2013.
"These cases show that those who prey on children operate globally, without regard to borders," said Kim Scoville, the CBSA's Executive Director in the Pacific Region. "Border services officers play an important role in fighting this worldwide problem, and will continue to work closely with our national and international partners to protect children from exploitation."
BSOs in the Pacific Region have made 26 seizures of goods containing child exploitation images so far this year.
For information about prohibited importations, visit the CBSA Web site.
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Faith St John
Canada Border Services Agency