RCMP and Cuba join forces to fight sexual crimes against children
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) of the Republic of Cuba signed an agreement on August 15 to “strengthen their co-operation to prevent and fight sexual crimes against children.”
This collaboration will focus, among other things, on the issue of transnational child sex offenders.
“Strong co-operation—through communication and information‑sharing—between law enforcement in originating and destination countries is key to the prosecution of transnational child sex offenders, who may otherwise slip through jurisdictional cracks and continue to use travel and tourism to access and sexually exploit children,” the RCMP stated in a news release.
“While Canada and Cuba have worked closely together on investigations, this new agreement formalizes their respective roles and responsibilities and solidifies this important partnership.”
François Bidal, the acting deputy commissioner with the RCMP’s Specialized Policing Services, said the agreement “builds on a long‑standing and successful working relationship between the RCMP and the Cuban National Police (MININT) to protect the most vulnerable of our respective societies and to bring perpetrators to justice.”
On December 1, 2016, new reporting requirements for Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) came into force. They require RSOs convicted of a child sex offence to notify local police of any international travel. In addition, they set out the authority for information‑sharing between the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency regarding registered high-risk child sex offenders.