Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tip of the Day: International Child Exploitation, Child Protect Act of 2003

US citizens and residents should also be aware of the Child Protect Act of 2003, which is applied internationally, reaches beyond US borders to help protect children under the age of 18 and combat child sex tourism. 

Since the law was enacted, a large number of US citizens, residents have been arrested on charges of child sex tourism. 

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), continues to investigate cases of US citizens and residents who have sexually exploited children. 

ICE has also assigned a large number of agents in countries where child sex tourism is particularly active. 

Under the Act, conviction could result in a mandatory 30-ear imprisonment for each offense related to the sexual exploitation of children. 

ICE maintains a toll-free telephone number to report suspected child exploitation perpetrated by US citizens and residents. 

The hotline number is 1-866-347-2423. 

Information can also be e-mailed to ICE investigators at 3@ dhs.gov

Other organizations involved in combating child sex tourism include:
  • http://www.ncmec.org 
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

  • http://www.ecpat.net 
    End Child Prostitution, etc.

  • http://www.worldvision.org 
    World Vision

  • http://www.state.gov/m/ds
    US Diplomatic Security Service

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