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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Child Prostitution Mega Bust!

Politically, they should call this the “War on Pervert’s”. When I see stories like this one I honestly realize that we live in a very sick society where children need to be protected like gold in Fort Knox.

When it comes to seeing our tax dollars at work you the individual rarely get the chance to see those dollars actually working. Headlines like the one below in regards to a nationwide major child prostitution ring bust by the FBI are comforting to see. Right there are all those ten’s, twenty’s and hundred dollar bill’s that we pay in federal taxes at work. Some of the hard working bills anyway.

Over at Reuters they have this on the news…

Hundreds nabbed in U.S. child prostitution sting
Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:09am EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 300 people have been arrested for involvement in child prostitution rings and 21 children rescued in a nationwide sweep, the FBI said on Wednesday.

"Operation Cross Country," a five-day sting that ended on Sunday, spanned 16 cities in 10 states and the District of Columbia and caught 389 people who exploited children through prostitution, the agency said.

Investigations uncovered schemes ranging from prostituting children at truck stops to promoting their services on the Internet, the FBI said.

"We together have no higher calling than to protect our children and to safeguard their innocence. Yet, the sex trafficking of children remains one of the most violent and unforgivable crimes in this country," FBI Director Robert Mueller said at a news conference.

While I applaud the FBI for a job well done I have to wonder based on the facts from the article if we as a people are really doing enough? The FBI program Innocence Lost Initiative has been ongoing since 2003 and to date they have 308 convictions and have rescued 433 children from monster perverts. While I am thankful for the convictions and the saved children I think our nation needs to look at the laws concerning child molesters, pedophiles and any other sicko that preys on children. These monsters were not only abusing these children sexually but making money from their exploitation.

My questions are not for the job the FBI is doing in this effort to protect our nations children but to put some teeth behind their efforts when a conviction is the end result. Our Congress should look at the sexual predation of our children especially when it comes to prostitution of a child with harsh jail and financial penalties. These children were held against their will somewhere and if it was the perverts home then it should be seized by the government as a direct penalty. For that matter seize all their assets to pay for the psychological treatment the kids they abused are going to need.

Crimes against children gets my blood to boiling thinking how the blatant evil actions committed against them will effect them for the rest of their lives. Some of them, with the right help, they just may survive it but they still will have a part of their innocence lost forever. Many of these children will never overcome this abuse.

Information from the FBI report:

The Innocence Lost initiative was created in 2003 to address the growing problem of child prostitution in America. Our Criminal Investigative Division partnered with the Child Exploitation-Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice and with the nonprofit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to bring together state and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers. The initiative’s 24 task forces and working groups have recovered 433 children to date and seized over $3 million in assets.

“Child trafficking for the purpose of prostitution is organized criminal activity using kids as commodities for sale and trade,” said NCMEC President and CEO Ernie Allen during the press conference. “These kids are victims. They lack the ability to walk away. This is 21st century slavery.”


In addition to the Innocence Lost initiative, our Crimes Against Children program manages Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Teams, which support state and local law enforcement in investigations, and the Innocent Images National Initiative, which targets the proliferation of child porn.

The message to the public, NCMEC's Allen said, is: "If you see it in your city, if you hear about it, if you suspect it, report it."

To do that, please contact the NCMEC hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or file a report through its
CyberTipline. - FBI


FBI, Innocence Lost Initiative, Predators, Child Molesters, Child prostitution, Robert Mueller, Operation Cross Country, Prosecute Perverts, Sentencing Child Molesters, Defending Children, Defense of Children, Lost Children, Child Rape, Broken Society

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