Call for vigilance: the sharing of child pornography images is criminal, regardless of the intent behind the act

17 december 2018

The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) is calling on citizens to be vigilant about sharing child pornography images and videos.

In the past year, the SPVM has handled a number of investigations concerning the sharing of child pornography images and videos by Montrealers who wanted to make family and friends aware of the dangers facing their children. Even if their intentions are good, people who share such images are committing a criminal offence and are subject to prosecution.

Dealing with child pornography cases is a priority for the SPVM. All cases reported to us are looked into by specialized investigators from the Sexual Exploitation Section to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.

The term "child pornography" refers to any picture or video of a sexual nature of a person under 18 shown naked or partially naked or engaging in a sexual act. It is illegal to view, take, store, send, share or publish such photos or videos. It is important to know that sharing child pornography images contributes to the re-victimization of the children who appear in these images.

What should you do if you become aware of any child pornography?

  • Do not share it.
  • Immediately inform the police authorities by calling 911 or going to your neighbourhood police station. To provide information confidentially and anonymously contact: Info-Crime Montréal at 514 393-1133 or online.
  • Do not delete the material until you have received instructions from a police officer.

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For more information:
Media Relations
Communications Division
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM)