In Orange County, where runaway girls often meet pimps at bus stops, authorities are adding cameras and emergency radio codes to buses. The Orange County Transportation Authority is also training more than 1,000 bus drivers to recognize signs of trafficking. Additionally, buses are plastered with messaging to encourage riders to say something if they see anything suspicious. Read the article here and learn how you can prevent child sexual exploitation by reporting suspicious activity here.
This week, Thorn team members had the privilege to attend the Crimes Against Children Conference, an annual conference that brings together hundreds of professionals involved in the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child sex trafficking, child abuse imagery and other crimes involving child sexual exploitation.
This year, we were excited to not only be in attendance, but also to present our Sound Practices Guide, getting it into the hands of those who will benefit from it most. Read more about the conference here.
A Pennsylvania man in his 20s is in custody after Microsoft, a member of our very own Tech Task Force detected two child abuse images of a young girl in his Microsoft live.com email account. Once detected, Microsoft sent a tip to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children‘s CyberTipline, who then contacted Pennsylvania State Police. Read the article here and learn more about the CyberTipline here.
Ontario Provincial Police – Police provinciale de l’Ontario have just launched a free app aimed to help teenagers say NO to sexting and avoid the dangers of sextortion. The app — “Send This Instead” — provides humorous and sarcastic images to send as a retort to someone’s nude photo request.
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