In a story that makes you want to, at the same time, clap and cheer for the police who did a good job and turn vigilante on the accused, the Montreal Gazette reported that over 50 Canadians arrests had been made in an operation aimed at busting a child pornography ring, called Project Salvo.
Charges are now being laid against the suspects, including two Montrealers, the charges include sexual assault, sexual interference and possessing, and making and distributing child pornography.
To quote the Gazette in the case of the first arrest made in Montreal: "A 49-year-old man appeared in Montreal court on Saturday and was released after being charged with possessing and distributing child pornography."
In regards to the above quote, I have a question that will probably remain unanswered... Why are we releasing this man pending trial? It seems to me that if he is accused of anything in regards to child abuse or pornography, due process should be thrown out the window and he should be remanded until his trial date. We don't want scum like this on our streets.
I want to cheer on the police and the task force who worked on this whole operation to see these arrests be made, but I find it insanely frustrating that our criminal justice system lacks the proper safeguards to ensure that these people don't see the light of day again, at least until they have served their sentences or are found innocent in a court of law. I also find it very frustrating that the most they will get, because they're in Canada, is a slap on the wrist.
Our children are our most previous resource and should be treated as such, sentences handed out in the event of the exploitation of these resources should be severe and carry a heavy cost to the offender. Our penal code needs to be re-tooled in order to ensure that these offenders are adequately punished and our children are kept safe.
I, for one, am going to lobby the Conservative government not only to get "tough on crime and repeat violent offenders" but to get much MUCH tougher on child abusers. I encourage you all to do the same.