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    OTTAWA, CANADA (CNN) -- Ontario police say more arrests are pending in one of the biggest child pornography busts ever in Canada.

    During a sobering announcement and police outlined the details of an insidious child porn ring that had so far victimized as many as 22 children, maybe more.

    Sixty people, including three teenagers have been charged with 213 offenses. Inspector Scott Taylor with Ontairo Provincial Police says, "Charges included sexual assault, children luring, possession of child pornography, making available child pornography, distribution of child pornography, .and accessing child pornography."

    The children are now under government care after being rescued by authorities and are receiving medical and trauma assessments.

    But police say more victims are likely to be identified. And their chilling presentation shows why. Police zeroed in on the explosion of child porn downloads in the last three months alone just in the province of Ontario.

    Almost 9,000 Internet addresses were identified and police admit it's a challenge to keep up with the technology and the criminals. Taylor says, "As you can see, each cluster that's clicked upon explodes like fireworks... Keeping on top of the types of storage and transmission devices that these criminals use, is also a never-ending challenge. We continue to make best possible use of the tools and limited resources we have to hunt down child predators and finally put them out of business."

    Police in Canada say they are trying to dispel the myth that these are Internet crimes with no victims. In fact, as this investigation has shown, the international consumption of child porn harms children and the Internet leaves them more exposed to child predators.

    This bust netted one suspect as old as 69 and one as young as 16 who was charged with making child pornography and given the scope, police say they continue to work with other forces in North American and Europe trying to hone their tech skills hoping to stay one step ahead of the pornographers.

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