Thursday, January 03, 2008

Is This Justice?

I've been sat on these links for a week or two wondering whether to run with what is after all a highly emotive and miry subject, but given the content of the previous post I shall go with them.

I will offer the three links without comment other than, is it justice or is it a witch hunt that a person can be sent to prison for forty years for looking at photographs? My reply would be no and yes respectively.

Lewd photographs of children were disappearing from adult bookstores. Child porn magazines in plain brown envelopes were no longer reaching customers through the mail. It was the early 1990s, and experts believed that federal law enforcement efforts were ending child pornography.

"We thought this was one of those rare forms of social deviance, of criminal behavior, that had been eradicated," said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "Except for a fixated group of hard-core pedophiles, we thought it was gone."WAPO

WASHINGTON - Alarmed by child exploitation via the Internet, the House is expected to overwhelmingly pass a billion-dollar bill today to dramatically expand investigations of computer-generated pornography.

South Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the bill's sponsor and the mother of three young children, said more than half a million people are trafficking in child pornography, but only 2 percent of them are under investigation because of limited resources.

Her bill, which has drawn little opposition, would authorize spending $1.05 billion over eight years to hire hundreds of federal and state investigators and establish a special counsel's office in the Justice Department. Much of the money would be distributed as grants to state and local police agencies to crack down on cyber-porn.Sun-Sentinel

Federal Statutes Governing Child Pornography and Enticement

h/t TalkLeft

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