US Needs Predator Database to Effectively Fight Child Sex Trafficking

The Globe Post

August 29, 2019

By Lori Handrahan

August has been a monumental month in the fight to end impunity for child predators.

First, nearly 800 lawsuits were filed against the Boy Scouts of America for facilitating child sex abuse. As more information becomes public, abuse in the Boy Scouts is expected to eclipse similar crimes in the Catholic Church. At mid-month, hundreds of civil lawsuits against perpetrators and the institutions that protected them were filed in New York State when the Child Victims Act’s one-year “look-back” window opened. Thousands of additional suits are anticipated.

Then there is the Jeffrey Epstein case. On August 9, the initial release of previously sealed Epstein court records named former Senator George Mitchell and previous New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as alleged child sex traffickers. The next day, on August 10, Epstein was found dead in his jail cell after an apparent suicide.

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