Child exploitation prevention

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAFAYETTE, LA (KPLC) - It is a renewed effort dedicated to cracking down on people who target children. Attorney General, Eric Holder unveiled a new emphasis on protecting children from sexual abuse, and exploitation, on Monday.

The Justice Department is putting pedophiles and child pornographers on notice. The government is looking at ways to prevent child exploitation. At a press conference on Monday, Attorney General Holder called the strategy a "roadmap",  to streamline education, prevention, and prosecution efforts. There is also an emphasis on information sharing and collaboration, all in an attempt to take action against, what many are saying is, a growing problem.

"Unfortunately we've also seen an historic rise in the distribution of child pornography, in the number of images being shared online and in the level of violence associated with child exploitation and sexual abuse crimes. Tragically, the only place, the only place that we have seen a decrease is in the age of victims. This is simply unacceptable," said U.S. Attorney general, Eric Holder.

Locally, U.S. Attorney, Stephanie Finley held a press conference in Shreveport and Lafayette to talk about the specifics of the renewed fight to protect children. Some of the "Safe Childhood" outreach efforts include, internet safety presentations at schools and churches, cyber bullying presentations at elementary and high schools, and seminars for military and state prosecutors on child exploitation trial issues.

Also, the Department of Justice will be dedicating more prosecutors to "Project Safe Childhood" cases.

The U.S. Marshal's office announce they are putting together a nationwide list, targeting the 500 most dangerous non-compliant sex offenders.

For a link to the Project Safe Childhood website, click here.

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