The DOJ is not enforcing child protection laws — sign the petition

We have laws, such as the Protect Our Children Act of 2008 (S. 1738), which created a national strategy to identify and prosecute those responsible for child online sexual trafficking. However, in order to be effective, this law requires oversight by the Department of Justice, (DOJ). It was noted in a New York Times report, that the DOJ has been deficient in exercising its responsibilities with respect to the required oversight of this law.

As the New York Times reported in its 2019 coverage on this crime, over 45 million photos and videos of children being sexually exploited and tortured were uploaded in 2018. These represent an exponential growth in the demand for content that portrays the sexual abuse and torture of children, many of whom are infants and toddlers. More recently, during this time of school closures and online learning, Homeland Security has noted an uptick of online predatory behavior toward children. ECPAT, an organization dedicated to ending child trafficking, points out that online predators are adept at using the most updated technology to conduct their crimes. Similarly, they are able to hide within the far reaches and darkest corners of the World Wide Web. Without adequate protection, every child who uses the internet is a potential victim.

The DOJ has not exercised due diligence. Its failure to send regular reports to Congress has led to a failure of funding. Without adequate DOJ attention and oversight, as required by law, this crime will continue to escalate and perpetrators will continue to act with impunity. The consequences of this for innocent children are unspeakable.

Please sign the petition to require Bill Barr to enforce this existing legislation.

Read more about this response here.

Originally published at Stop Human Trafficking Website.



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Doug Bardwell

Doug Bardwell


Writer & photographer in print & online. Proud husband, father & grandfather. Engaged volunteer with Red Cross, human trafficking prevention & social concerns.