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Project Sanctuary: 27 Children Safe

This is the sort of story I collect, the kind that inspired Web of Angels:

Det. Paul Krawczyk and D/Const. Janelle Blackadar of the Sex Crimes Unit Child Exploitation Section could not conceive the impact they would have on young lives across the world and the magnitude of the operation – Project Sanctuary — in which the officers infiltrated a global child pornography network that was trading child sexual abuse images and videos.

A total of 60 suspects were rounded up around the world and nearly 225 charges were laid. But, most importantly, 27 children were rescued as a direct result of this investigation.

These officers recently received the Police Officer of the Year Award at the 45th annual ceremony on June 6. As a mother, I would like to add my congratulations as well as my appreciation for their amazing work.

Full story here.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

10 thoughts on “Project Sanctuary: 27 Children Safe

  1. A very good story and it I’m always so happy when I hear of children being rescued from such a terrible fate.

  2. I’m always so glad when there’s a big internet porno bust. Then all those who turn a blind eye our society’s endemic child sexual abuse have to admit that such crimes exist. Child abuse can thrive only in secret. Anything we do to expose it saves future children.

  3. Can you imagine how they must have felt – infiltrating that ring? They thoroughly deserved their award, and long may they continue to save our poor kids.

  4. I am SO happy that Project Sanctuary came to be, and the porno network was brought down – people who do this to children deserve to be locked up, and the police who apprehended them are heroes in my book.

  5. 27 children safe… I am happy and saddened by this. Is any child truly safe after such a thing? It is fantastic that this Project has been set up and people realize this sort of thing happens, now we need to wake up to the fact that so much more money and resources need to be put out there to help the kids after. The notion of resilience really bothers me when it is used in relation to children.

    1. Yes! Absolutely. The struggle that so many people go through just to find good help before the challenge of healing can even begin demands that as a society we put more resources there.

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