RCMP have laid 32 charges against 11 men in B.C. following a massive child pornography operation that resulted in the laying of 343 charges nationwide and the rescue of five children, two of whom are from B.C.

During the news conference police showed red dots strung out across a map of Canada each one portraying the internet addresses identified as a hub of activity for child pornography.

Dubbed Operation Snapshot, the bust involved 40 police agencies across Canada and included 167 investigations  by hundreds of police officers over several months.

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Red dots on this RCMP computer map represent internet addresses identified as a hub of activity for child pornography. (CBC)

Charges of possession, making or distributing child pornography have been laid in Burnaby, Vernon, Williams lake, Duncan, and Sidney.

Suspects are accused of luring children in Surrey and Kelowna.

In Nanaimo a 43 year old man is facing six charges including sexual assault, touching and exploitation.

A 31-year-old Revelstoke man is also facing six charges including sexual assault and exploitation of a child.

Two B.C. children rescued

Police aren't saying where the two B.C. children were rescued, or if they are the victims in the Revelstoke and Nanaimo assault cases.  The RCMP says publications bans may be in place.

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An RCMP officer stands in front of a map depicting internet addresses associated with child porn activity (CBC)

SFU Cyber crime researcher Bryce Westlake says it's important work because children are literally being saved.

"We've stopped them from being abused for the next ten years or so, so this case is really important."

But Westlake says it's an ongoing battle.

"It's not something you're ever going to catch up with," he says, "because as we come up with ways to find them they just change what they are doing."

Police acknowledge they've only made a small dent in a crime with a seemingly endless supply of innocent victims preyed on by perpetrators hiding behind a keyboard.

But they say those people should know, more arrests are coming.

With files from the CBC's Natalie Clancy