Friday, March 23, 2007

FilipinOnline NEWS:

Government program leads to charges against 9 men accused of child exploitation crimes

The United States Attorney's office announced today that they have brought charges to 9 men accused of child exploitation crimes.

According to Thom Mrozek, public affairs officer of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, "the government’s efforts to protect children from sexual predators, now organized under the Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood initiative, continue to bring results, with nine men being charged over the past week in this district with child exploitation crimes. Most of the men were charged with possession of child pornography, a crime seen with increasing frequency due to technological advances such as the Internet.

Today’s announcement of the eight criminal cases comes on the same day federal officials roll out a public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate teenage girls about the potential dangers of posting and sharing personal information online."

One of those indicted this week used the Google Hello program to send child pornography images.

To report cases of child sexual exploitation, you can visit the CyberTipline website. This site also has a section for teens where they can learn how to better protect themselves from online sexual predators.

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