It’s nearly unthinkable, but every year thousands of children become victims of crime—whether it’s through kidnappings, violent attacks, sexual abuse, or online predators.The mission of the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children program is threefold: first, to decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation; second, to develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes against children; and third, to enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations.“The Long Night,” released online on Monday, focuses on child trafficking through the stories of two teenage girls, Natalie and Lisa, who were forced into prostitution in the Seattle area.Matsui filmed the documentary in 20 around Seattle after receiving a photojournalism grant from the Alexia Foundation.Showing obvious respect for Naughton, the judge not only waived prison time - which could have been as much as 15 years under federal law - but also said the defendant would be under no obligation to help the FBI further during his five-year probation period.The outcome has been far from obvious since Naughton, using the online pseudonym "hotseattle", first encountered FBI Special Agent Bruce Applin in a chatroom called dad&daughtersex.A former Disney computer executive who used internet chatrooms for lewd exchanges with underage girls until he was caught trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old has been told by a federal judge he will not have to serve any prison time because of his exceptional contributions to FBI efforts to track sexual predators online.
Further investigation and discussions with experts, both within the FBI and in the private sector, revealed that the use of computer telecommunications was rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent techniques by which some sex offenders shared pornographic images of minors and identified and recruited children into sexually illicit relationships.
Since being arrested on Santa Monica pier last summer in a sting operation - the 13-year-old he had met online turned out to be an undercover agent - he has become friendly with his trackers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and voluntarily developed five investigative software packages that could have cost the government millions of dollars on the open market.
"[The programs'] purpose is to protect children from internet paedophiles and it is the view of this court that they would be extremely helpful in doing so," Judge Edward Rafeedie said at the sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
The mission of the Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) program is to provide a rapid, proactive, and comprehensive capacity to counter all threats of abuse and exploitation of children when those crimes fall under the jurisdiction and authority of the FBI; to identify and rescue child victims; to reduce the vulnerability of children to in-person and online sexual exploitation and abuse; to reduce the negative impact of domestic and international parental rights disputes; and to strengthen the capabilities of the FBI and federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners through training, intelligence sharing, technical support, and investigative assistance.
Domestic travel with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity with children; child sex tourism (international travel to engage in sexual activity with children); production of child pornography; coercion/enticement of a minor While investigating the disappearance of a juvenile in May 1993, FBI special agents from the Baltimore Field Office and detectives from the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Police Department identified two suspects who had sexually exploited numerous juveniles over a 25-year period.