News ID: 2464
Publish Date: 10 August 2010 - 10:12
Children's rights advocates say US law enforcement officials are not doing enough to combat and prevent the exploitation of children.
Ernie Allen, the president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), has criticized the law enforcement agencies responsible for dealing with the situation, saying they do not always act quickly enough when it comes to reporting missing children.

"Today we know that these waiting periods and the lack of a prompt response put many children at greater risk," BBC quoted Allen as saying on Monday, Aug 9.

NCMEC focuses on finding missing children and educating the public on how to prevent child abduction and sex abuse.

He said child exploitation is a serious problem that is often under-reported and is not being dealt with properly.

"These kids are commodities for sale or trade. There is a network. They are trafficked, moved from city to city for the financial gain of those who use, abuse, and control them," Allen added.

According to a NCMEC estimate, between 100,000 and 300,000 children are forced into prostitution every year in the United States. Some of the victims are as young as 12.

In 2008, the US Congress passed the PROTECT Act, which authorized the allocation of $1.05 billion over 8 years to increase the forensic capacity of law enforcement agencies dealing with child exploitation cases, to allow more federal agents to be assigned to child exploitation cases, and to help fund local agencies combating Internet crimes against children.
 

Source: Press Tv
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