Child exploitation has become a pandemic, impacting children’s lives throughout the United States and the world.
Cases have steadily increased as more and more children become dependent on electronic devices, yet funding, policy, and solutions have not changed to meet this increase.
We cannot arrest our way out of this. We must unite and fight for our frontline heroes, uniting to protect our children from abuse.
Online crimes against children continue to increase, but funding levels for Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) programs have stayed the same since 2008.
Vital information and data are currently unable to be efficiently shared with law enforcement.
Children who have experienced exploitation are more vulnerable to future exploitation, as the psychological effect of trauma is often long-lasting and challenging to overcome.
Social media platforms are protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law that removes legal liability, even if the content is unlawful.