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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an added level of horror for families trying to protect their children from Internet-related harms and parents, rightly so, are looking to government leaders for help.

Prior to COVID-19, the online sexual exploitation of children was already at pandemic proportions. The reality we now live in has vastly increased online activity for kids due to virtual learning and an increased time indoors. Parents are increasingly concerned about the dangers associated with the use of digital tools and social media, where savvy sexual predators, traffickers and pornographers are aggressively preying on vulnerable children.

Reports of online sexual exploitation of children have soared since COVID first blindsided Americans earlier this year. In 2018, over half of U.S. sex trafficking involved children with 55% of minors meeting their traffickers through a website or mobile app. The month following sheltering in place orders, reports of sex trafficking crisis cases handled by the Trafficking Hotline increased by more than 40% compared to the prior month.

In 2019, 16.9 million reports containing 69 million images and videos of suspected child sex abuse materials were reported via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline, depicting victims as young as infant and toddler age. . . .

By July of this year, Google Trends reported an 80% increase in parents searching for online help in dealing with cyberbullying, demonstrating that one of COVID’s least discussed ramifications is the ambush on the innocence of American’s children in the digital world. Today’s mainstream multibillion-dollar online pornography industry depicts themes of teen rape, incest, torture, group sex, strangulation and eroticized racism. Alarmingly, kids under 10 years old comprise 22% of the online porn use of minor-aged consumers. . . .

As a result, the ongoing failure to enforce the federal obscenity laws continues to fuel the tsunami of child pornography and sex trafficking crime that is overwhelming DOJ.

In the last U.S. presidential election cycle, candidates Donald J. Trump signed and Hillary Clinton supported via letter, Enough Is Enough’s bipartisan Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge. This was an historic first.

In recent weeks, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has been approached but has not yet signed the pledge. He has the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor pledging, “if elected president, to uphold the rule of law to defend the innocence and dignity of America’s children,” by aggressively enforcing existing federal child pornography, obscenity and sex trafficking laws and advancing public policies designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online.

Partly inspired by the pledge, the current administration has made discernible progress in tackling the global scourge of human trafficking by approving the largest DOJ grant package in history. Additionally, the president signed nine pieces of bipartisan legislation to combat trafficking, both domestically and internationally, and signed an executive order which included a $42 million budget increase to expand support for trafficking victims and to create a new White House staff position to focus solely on domestic trafficking and child sexual exploitation.

These successes must be built upon and expanded in order to turn back the pandemic of Internet crimes against children. Protecting our nation’s youth from online harms is a unifying issue that families and parents of all races and religions agree. . . .

Hopefully soon, the devastating impact of COVID-19 will end, but the scourge of the sexual exploitation of children will continue to escalate unless the next president of the United States keeps the protection, safety and dignity of children online a top priority. It is essential for the sake of the children to continue the momentum we have gained against online criminals that have no second gear.

(Excerpt from The Washington Times. Article by Donna Rice Hughes. Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

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November 6, 2020

Abba, we opened the floodgates of evil against our children when we chose ‘women’s rights over ‘babies’ rights. It seems the gates are broken and cannot be repaired. But, you God can give us new gates of iron to replace the old wooden ones worn by the bashing of the waters and the decaying of your church and our society. Bring revival. Pour out your Spirit upon all flesh. Our sons and our daughters will prophecy. Our old men will dream dreams, and our young men will see visions. Pour out of your Spirit on men and women alike. May we see the darkness of our sins — not for those who push for this evil but us your people who you have neglected an intimate relationship with you for our pleasant lives. Thank you for the cross, thank you for the cross, thank you for the cross, O Lord. We fall down on our faces. Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Come in, King of glory. Disperse the darkness and protect and rescue our children. We tear down our idols. May we, your people, keep close by your side. We bow before you in humility. We wait expectantly for you to hear and answer our prayers. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Sherry Mallory
November 6, 2020

Lord, we ask that You guard and protect our children’s innocence from the evils of pornography and sexual immorality. Confuse the internet airways and dismantle every scheme of Satan to take them captive. Expose and destroy every sex trafficking ring. Minister to every victim and their families. Restore and heal where the enemy has done soul damage. In the mighty name of Jesus


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