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Press Release: Catholics Call on Attorney General Barr to Protect Children from Online Trafficking

October 2, 2020

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9.29.2020

Jennifer Reyes Lay

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

Jennifer@SistersAgainstTrafficking.org

‪(267) 332-7768

 

Catholics Call on Attorney General Barr to Protect Children from Online Trafficking

Petition with Over 1200 Signatures Sent to the Department of Justice

St. Louis, MO: U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT), a national faith-based network working to end human trafficking and support survivors, submitted a petition today with over 1200 signatures from supporters all over the country, calling on Attorney General Barr to do his job in relation to the Protect Our Children Act of 2008.

The Protect Our Children Act of 2008 focuses on preventing online child exploitation and prosecuting those responsible for this crime.  This legislation requires a strategic and coordinated campaign across many jurisdictions so that offenders can be identified and children can be protected from stalking and other forms of harmful abuse.  The Attorney General’s role with respect to this legislation is to review, update, and implement strategies every two years that are necessary to support the effectiveness of our nation’s response to online exploitation of children.  However, this is not happening.

USCSAHT Executive Director, Jennifer Reyes Lay, said: “We all have a role to play in ending modern day slavery through prevention, protection, prosecution, and rehabilitation. We take our role seriously in informing the public about this crime, advocating for stronger protections, and providing direct support to survivors. The Department of Justice and Attorney General Barr are currently failing in their role to fully enforce and recommend funding for laws that help protect vulnerable populations and prosecute those responsible for trafficking, and we must hold them accountable. Their inattention to this crisis has left our children at higher risk for becoming victims of this horrible crime.”

As children have returned to school, many through virtual learning, their increased time spent online and on their electronic devices puts them at greater risk of being contacted by traffickers looking to exploit them. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported a 400% increase in reports of online child abuse and exploitation from April 2019 to April 2020, partially attributed to increased time online due to the pandemic. If we are to be effective in protecting our children from online predators, the Attorney General must assume his full responsibilities under the Protect our Children Act of 2008.

 

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Calling It An ‘Outrage’ The Crime Still Exists, Attorney General Josh Kaul Aims To Ramp Up Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking

May 23, 2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul aims to ramp up Wisconsin’s efforts to combat human trafficking, calling it “an outrage” the crime still exists.

“There’s both sex trafficking and forced labor,” Kaul said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “This is a crime where people have been forced or coerced into engaging in an illegal activity.”

Kaul has requested six additional positions at the state Department of Justice that would be involved in human trafficking investigations.

Four of the new positions would join the agency’s digital forensic unit, which is focused on recovering evidence from electronic devices, such as cellphones and computers. Those new staffers, known as digital forensic examiners, would assist law enforcement agencies around the state.

“People involved in all sorts of crimes use electronic devices, just like everybody else,” Kaul said. “Being able to recover evidence from those devices helps with all sorts of investigations, including human trafficking investigations.”

Another two positions would be added to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in an effort to “ensure prompt referral and investigation of tips” received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They would also help with case follow-ups and tracking to make sure investigations are promptly completed.

To read the full story by Mary Spicuzza on The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Click Here

AG, Victims Warn Of Sex Trafficking Ahead Of Kentucky Derby

May 3, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, prosecutors and victim advocates are calling for heightened awareness of human trafficking as Louisville prepares for the Kentucky Derby.

Law enforcement officials say incidents of human trafficking, including bringing in victims from other states, increases when cities host major sporting events.

Beshear joined Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell Monday in Louisville with groups that assist trafficking victims. The attorney general’s office published an online poster to help identify the signs of a human trafficking victim and how to report the crime.

To read the full story on The New York Post: Click Here