If Florida’s facilities are unable to keep kids safe from sexual abuse under normal circumstances, it seems unlikely they’ll be able to protect them from harm during a global pandemic, warns Jesse Lerner-Kinglake, spokesman for Just Detention International, a nonprofit that combats in-detention sexual abuse.
A U.S. request to extradite a South Korean man described as running one of the world’s biggest child porn sites has been rejected by the Seoul High Court, which ruled that extradition could “hamper” South Korea’s own investigation.
Reports of abuse are down, but there are fewer teachers, child care providers, police and social workers available to report it. With economic stress, “alcohol abuse and drug abuse don’t just magically disappear,” says one expert.
A New York Times investigation has found an exploding crisis: Last year tech companies reported over 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — more than double what they found the previous year.
Sexual predators and other bad actors have found an easy access point into young people’s lives, meeting them online through multiplayer video games and chat apps, making virtual connections right in their victims’ homes.
The actions were filed against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and other institutions to mark the first day of a one-year window to file historic claims of child sex abuse. Plaintiffs’ attorneys said many more cases are in the pipeline.