The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has increased the original sentence for a Canadian man convicted of child pornography in the Philippines.
SASKATCHEWAN MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Philip Michael Chicoine was arrested by the RCMP in 2017, finding more than 10,000 photos and videos of child sexual abuse in his possession.
RCMP officers who testified during the trial said that it was some of the most violent and graphic images and videos of child sex abuse they had ever seen.
Chicoine was originally ordered to spend 12 years in prison, but the court raised the penalty to 15 years.
The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal found that Chicoine was “was actively engaged in the online sexual assault of children” and “was present in real time and directed and orchestrated the assaults.”
ANTI-TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS ACKNOWLEDGE COURT’S DECISION
International Justice Mission (IJM), an international, non-governmental organization focused on human rights, law and law enforcement, acknowledged the Saskatchewan court’s decision, saying that “it acknowledges the severe harm that online sex offenders cause by directing and paying for new sexual abuse of very young, vulnerable children.”
Chicoine entered a guilty plea in November 2017, after he was charged with over 40 sex offences against Filipino children during a period of six years.
Chicoine spent more than CAD20,000.00 (PHP784,196.65) paying adults in the Philippines to schedule live streams of children being sexually abused online.
SENTENCE EXTENDED FOR MAN CONVICTED OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Judge Vanessa Monar Enweani sentenced Chicoine to 12 years in prison.
The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal extended the sentence by three more years, saying that it “emphasizes denunciation and deterrence and sends a clear message to those who would use telecommunication to commit sexual offences against children that the penalty for doing so will be significant.”
Chicoine’s arrest in 2017 resulted in further operations conducted by Philippine authorities in Eastern Visayas, where they arrested a man and a woman who were charged with several offences, including trafficking in persons and child pornography.
CANADA AND THE PHILIPPINES ESTABLISH WORKING RELATIONSHIP TO COMBAT CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING
Canada’s national policing agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have signed a formal agreement to continue building on established working relationships to more effectively fight crimes against children.
This includes crimes such as prostitution, pornography and human trafficking.
The partnership between the RCMP and the NBI will help the two policing agencies to more effectively share information, allowing them to identify victims of sexual crimes, providing them support during the investigative process.
SPECIAL AGENCY CREATED IN CANADA TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING
The Government of Canada has provided CAD19,000,000.00 to the National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) to help fight online child sexual exploitation.
The Government of Canada has sharing agreements with foreign governments like the Philippines.
Under Canadian law, Canadian citizens or permanent residents who commit offences overseas can be charged in Canada.
It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of children working in the sex trade in the Philippines, many of them being victimized online.
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