CRIME: Sexual

The United States Dept. of Justice
has reported a "disturbing trend showing increases, and in some instances significant increases, in all types of child sexual exploitation, including: (1) child pornography; (2) online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) commercial sexual exploitation of children; and (4) child sex tourism.

"The Department of Justice is committed to the safety and well-being of our children and has placed a high priority on protecting and combating sexual exploitation of minors.

"Congress passed the "PROTECT Our Children Act" (Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act) of 2008.  As mandated by the Act, in February 2010, the Department...completed a year long and first of its kind threat assessment of the magnitude of child exploitation.

"On August 2, 2010, the Department submitted
The National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction to Congress.  In this National Strategy the Department acknowledges that "despite efforts to date, the threat of child sexual exploitation remains very real, whether it takes place in the home, on the street, over the Internet, or in a foreign land."  The National Strategy lays out a comprehensive plan both to prevent and interdict in the sexual exploitation of children. 

"The success of the National Strategy depends on a team effort among our local, tribal, state and federal law enforcement partners, on the awareness, dedication and determination of concerned citizens, community organizations, parents, educators, and civil organizations."    (The United States Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood, http://www.justice.gov/psc/about.html)