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Only Two Sides In This War Being Waged Against Our Children

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“Child Sex Trafficking is happening in every community across America.”

FBI:  Child Sex Trafficking operations
conducted in Myrtle Beach, Lumberton

Conway, SC  –  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Lumberton, North Carolina, were both sites of operations conducted last week as part of a cross-country Federal Bureau of Investigation effort to crack down on underage human trafficking, according to a news release.

The operation, Operation Cross Country XI, resulted in the recovery of 84 minors and the arrest of 120 traffickers from Oct. 12 through Oct. 15, the release from the FBI said.

The youngest victim recovered was 3 months old, and the average age of the recovered victims was 15 years old, the release said.

In one example, on Oct. 13, FBI Denver found two minor girls, one 3-months-old and one 5-years-old, after a friend of the children’s family offered an undercover officer “access to the two children for sexual purposes in exchange for $600,” the release said.

“We at the FBI have no greater mission than to protect our nation’s children from harm.  Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested—and the number of children recovered—reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in the release.  “This operation isn’t just about taking traffickers off the street.  It’s about making sure we offer help and a way out to these young victims who find themselves caught in a vicious cycle of abuse.”

FBI agents and task force officers staged operations in hotels, casinos, and truck stops, as well as on street corners and internet websites.  The operations in the Carolinas happened in Myrtle Beach and Columbia in South Carolina, and Charlotte, Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Lumberton in North Carolina, according to the FBI.

“Child sex trafficking is happening in every community across America,” said National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® President and CEO John Clark, which partnered with the FBI for the operation.  “We’re proud to work with the FBI on Operation Cross Country to help find and recover child victims.  We hope OCC generates more awareness about this crisis impacting our nation’s children.”

This is the 11th iteration of the FBI-led Operation Cross Country (OCC), which took place this year in 55 FBI field offices and involved 78 state and local task forces, consisting of hundreds of law enforcement partners.  This year’s coordinated operations took place with several international partners, including Canada (Operation Northern Spotlight), the United Kingdom (Aident 8), Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

Operation Cross Country XI is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which began in 2003 and has yielded more than 6,500 child identifications and locations.   For additional information on Operation Cross Country XI and the Innocence Lost initiative, please visit www.fbi.gov.

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Cameron County TX DA’s Office Making A Difference

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Cameron County TX DA’s Office Cares About All Children

Cameron County Child Abuse Unit works to aid those in need

Cameron County, TX  –  Often, the person who sexually abuses a child is someone the child knows or trusts.

When Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Rodriguez first started working for the Child Abuse Unit, he was surprised to find that many times, the sexual abuse is happening quietly.

“I always felt that sexual assaults were something loud and vicious, but a lot of what we see is a silent horror,” Rodriguez said.  “It’s quietly an uncle (or another family member) molesting a child.”

Right now, the CameronCountyDA’s Office is working on 50 cases pertaining to child abuse, but more are always coming in.

Not every incident that is reported makes it to court or even the Child Abuse Unit’s desk.  Investigators may determine that there is not sufficient evidence for a case, or if the case does reach the unit, witnesses may drop the charges or change what they say, said Brandy Bailey, supervisor of the child abuse unit.

“We’ve had quite a few cases where the mothers or grandmothers will say that it didn’t happen.  That’s why it’s so important we all have that relationship with the therapists and professionals,” Bailey said.

Law enforcement helps, too, with the amount of evidence and statements it is able to provide for a case, Rodriguez said.

Gabriela Cruz, the Child Abuse Unit’s paralegal, helps keep the unit running, too, said Yvette Vela, public information officer for the DA’s Office.

It’s Not Over Until The Bucket Is Empty

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Reporting Child Sexual Abuse after adulthood in Victoria, Australia has increased to 13,000 last year from 4,000 in 2010.

Woman uses bucket list to report uncle for Child Abuse before she dies

Victoria, Australia  –  A woman who was dying from terminal cancer ticked off a truly horrible item from her bucket list when she reported her uncle for abusing her as a child.

The unnamed woman had told her mother about the abuse when she was a teenager but waited until she was dying decades later to report the crime.

Her story was retold by her mother, Kaye, to Victoria Police’s podcast Unspeakable which aims to encourage victims of sexual offences to speak out.

It takes an average of 22 years for survivors of sexual abuse in Australia to tell someone about what happened to them and longer to report it to police.

However, reporting in Victoria, the Australian state where the crime occurred, has increased to 13,000 last year from 4,000 in 2010.

Kaye explained to Unspeakable that her daughter had first told her about the abuse in a phone call after she returned from an overseas trip, aged 19.

However, she told her that she did not want to report the abuse at that time and that she didn’t want her grandmother to know.

‘It was very heavy on the shoulders I can tell you.  At times I didn’t know what to do.  Because she didn’t want to do anything about it, I couldn’t do anything about it,’ she said.

Kaye tried to report the abuse herself but was told by Boronia Police that there was nothing they can do.

Decades later, Kaye’s daughter was diagnosed as terminally ill and had just weeks to live when she drew up a bucket list with reporting the crime at the top of it.

Detective Christine Robinson received the report and filmed Kaye’s daughter in her own home as she detailed what happened to her.

She was then admitted to hospital but police took her written statement to her bedside so she could read it in case she died before her uncle was taken to trial.

Within two days her uncle had been arrested, he confessed to what happened and within a week he had been summoned to court.

He pleaded guilty but due to the limits of the legislation that was used at the time of the offence received a five month suspended sentence and was placed on the sex offenders register.

But Kaye said her daughter would have been blown away by what happened.

She told Unspeakable: ‘She was hoping for a good result.  “It’s fine mum, I can die now knowing he’s going on the sex offenders list”.

‘I was pretty confident we would but she was sure we’d get the outcome we did.’

AZ Nurse, CA Nurse, Neurosurgeon Facing Multiple CSA Charges

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Emily Joy Stephens, 30

Tucson woman faces additional Child
Sex Abuse charges in California

A Tucson woman arrested in May on child sex abuse charges out of California is facing additional charges in connection with the crime.

Emily Joy Stephens, 30, was previously facing six felony child-abuse charges involving three children under the age of 10 and three children under the age of 14 in Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

On August 4, she was charged with two additional counts of oral copulation or penetration on a child under 10, according to Santa Cruz County Superior Court records.

Stephens is being held without bond in Pima County jail awaiting extradition to California.

Also accused in the case is California neurosurgeon James Kohut, 57, who is facing multiple counts of sexually abusing children younger than 14.

On May 11, a police detective from Watsonville, California contacted the Pima County Sheriff’s Department regarding a video that showed Stephens and another woman having sex with three juveniles, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.

The other woman, Rashel Brandon, is a 42-year-old nurse who worked with Kohut in a Santa Cruz hospital.  She’s also facing multiple charges of child sexual abuse in connection with the case, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

When deputies arrested Stephens, she was living with her five children, all whom are under the age of 13, according to sheriff’s department records.

Stephens, who is pregnant with Kohut’s child, met Kohut eight years ago on a website for single parents, according to Star archives.

Son Of G. Gordon Liddy Charged With Child Porn

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NCMEC received a tip that Child Pornography had been up-loaded.

California State Prosecutor Charged With
Child Porn

A California deputy attorney general has been charged in San Diego with possession of child pornography.

Raymond Joseph Liddy was arrested Tuesday.  He pleaded not guilty and was released on $100,000 bond, according to a complaint.  The attorney general’s office said they are aware of the matter and that the 53-year-old Liddy was placed on administrative leave.

According to a complaint filed in federal court, an electronic service provider sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January that a user had uploaded an image that appeared to be child porn.

A month later another provider sent a similar tip to the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The activity was traced to his home in Coronado, stated the complaint.

Liddy is accused of being in possession of about a dozen illegal photos.  He was put on home detention and is wearing an ankle device.

Local and federal authorities said they traced the activity to Liddy’s home.  When they questioned him, Liddy said he downloads sexual images and deletes them, according to the complaint.

He also said he may have forwarded some of the images, and some of them may have been of children, possibly.

They searched his home and uncovered disturbing photos on a computer and thumbdrive of minors engaged in sexual conduct.

Defense Attorney Knut Johnson, who has taken Liddy’s case, told NBC 7 that he knows his client is a good person and all his coworkers describe him as an honorable man.