The proliferation of child pornography, revenge porn, internet luring by predators, and other internet sex crimes grows with each passing year. Likewise, human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Tragically, these crimes often revolve around those most vulnerable to exploitation: children.

Sexual predators use the internet (including social media and chat rooms) to target and lure minors and other vulnerable persons for abuse and exploitation.  Adult predators often pose as a child, befriending the child and gaining the child’s trust until they can trick the child into sending nude pictures of themselves, arranging illicit meetings with children, soliciting underage children for sex, or by downloading, uploading and sharing pornographic images of minors.

Moreover, children are not the only ones at risk: internet sex crimes further the exploitation of young people and adults, as well.  With the rise of “revenge porn” and other intimate violations of privacy, adults can be vulnerable to abuse and manipulation by criminals seeking to injure, exploit, or extort others for their own personal gain.

Some internet crimes overlap with human trafficking enterprises. Human trafficking includes using force, fraud, or coercion to sexually exploit a child or an unwilling adult.

Commercial sexual exploitation of children includes the prostitution of children, child pornography, child sex tourism and other forms of transactional sex where a child engages in sexual activities to have his or her key needs met (like food, shelter or access to education).

Sex trafficking of children happens both inside and outside of the United States, including in homes where sexual abuse of a child is not reported or stopped because adults in the home are dependent on the perpetrator for their livelihood.

Sex trafficking and internet sex crimes are violations of criminal and civil laws. If you or someone you love has been targeted by sexual predators, contact the offices of Crew Janci LLP in order to obtain experienced legal support.

We will fight to hold those who prey on children and adults accountable for their crimes, and will work to secure financial compensation for the pain and suffering of the victims.

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