Title

Protecting Children: The Battle Against Child Pornography and Other Forms of Sexual Exploitation

Wednesday, September 27, 2006
United States
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Christopher Smith
Title Text: 
Co-Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Statement: 
Name: 
Hon. Joseph Pitts
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Statement: 
Witnesses: 
Name: 
James Plitt
Title: 
Unit Chief, Cyber Crimes Center
Body: 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Name: 
James Finch
Title: 
Assistant Director, Cyber Division
Body: 
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Name: 
Linda Smith
Title: 
Founder and Executive Director
Body: 
Shared Hope International
Name: 
Carol Smokenski
Title: 
Executive Director
Body: 
ECPAT-USA
Name: 
Mohamed Mattar
Title: 
Executive Director
Body: 
The Protection Project, Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies
Name: 
Ernie Allen
Title: 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Body: 
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

This hearing discussed the proliferation of child pornography and other crimes against children through trafficking, prostitution, and sex tourism. Annually, thousands of American children, at least half of which are boys, have been the victims of pornography and many subjected to violence in the process. Often, those guilty of such crimes have been parents, relatives, or acquaintances of these victims.

Victims of pornography have been disproportionately affected by depression and suicide and such victims have committed these crimes themselves, perpetuating this cycle.  Global criminal networks that profit from this activity have developed.   In the 1990s, the Commission began efforts to fight child pornography, and in the second half of the 1990s the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed. This strengthened the case more comprehensive actions against child pornography and other forms of sexual exploitation.

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