Ten men from southern Alberta have been implicated in a child pornography sting.

The charges follow a four-month investigation by the child exploitation unit of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) with help from police in Calgary and Lethbridge.

Investigators executed 13 search warrants throughout southern Alberta since December 2013, officials said.

The sting targeted people trading child pornography images using peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

The 10 suspects, who range in age from 22 to 65, face charges of possessing, accessing, and making available child pornography.  

Six of the men are from Calgary.

More arrests possible

"There is really no stereotypical person," said Det. Justin Brooks. "It's all walks of life, all ages, across all economic statuses. There really is no clear indicator of what type of person."

Police seized over 330 computers and electronic devices during the investigation which forensic experts are now analyzing for more evidence.

Staff Sgt. John Guigon says thousands of child images and videos are uploaded in Alberta every day and these arrests will do little to stem the flow of that material.

"What we're wanting with this operation is to send a very strong message to those people who are inclined to search for, share and hoard those images," he said.

"The message is that, 'We are watching. There is no anonymity for you. We are watching and we will target you for a criminal investigation.'"

Guigon says more arrests are possible.