January 6, 2017
Questions for Jeff Sessions on Prevention of Internet-enabled Sexual Exploitation of Children
WASHINGTON, DC — When the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee holds confirmation hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the country’s eighty-fourth Attorney General, the committee will probe his views on law enforcement, criminal justice and a number of other legal issues.
“Internet safety is the 5th top ranked issue on the list of parent’s health concerns for U.S. children; kids have had free and easy access to prosecutable Internet pornography for over two decades; child pornographers, predators and traffickers often use anonymizing tools, the Deep Web and unregulated virtual currencies to cover their tracks; and the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT) has out-paced international and national efforts to curb the problem. The endless sludge of criminal content and activity on the Internet must be drained and the rule of law upheld,” said Donna Rice Hughes, President of Enough Is Enough® (EIE), the pioneering Internet safety organization since 1994.
“Last summer, Donald J. Trump signed EIE’s Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge which included the commitment to appoint an Attorney General who will make the prosecution of existing federal laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online a top priority. One key area that the committee must address is Trump’s Pledge to appoint an Attorney General who will make the enforcement of the federal obscenity, child pornography, sexual predation and sex trafficking laws a top priority. Every child deserves a protected age of innocence. The government must start doing its job by vigorously enforcing the laws designed to protect vulnerable children in the digital age.”
Therefore, some of the questions based on the Pledge the Judiciary Committee should ask Sen. Sessions include:
- Will you aggressively enforce the existing federal obscenity laws, child pornography laws, sexual predation laws and the sex trafficking laws?
- Research substantiates that online pornography is a growing health crisis that must be addressed and reversed. What strategies would you implement to deal with the proliferation of prosecutable pornography which has been allowed to flourish online due to the failure of the Obama Justice Department to enforce the existing federal obscenity laws?
- How will you work with Congress and the White House to ensure law enforcement and intelligence agencies have the necessary tools, resources and support they need to investigate and prosecute child sexual exploitation, obscenity and child pornography and be of sufficient magnitude to effectively deter illegal activity on the Internet?
- How will you ensure the enforcement of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), requiring schools and public libraries using government eRate monies to filter child pornography, obscene content and harmful to minors material? In particular, how will you, as Attorney General hold public libraries accountable to filter and work with the FCC to ensure oversight?
- Most victims of child pornography are prepubescent with a growing trend towards the depiction of younger children, including infants. Child pornographers and sex traffickers are gravitating to the use sophisticated anonymizing tools to cover their tracks and the “Deep Web” sites that cater to their perversion which accept payment in unregulated currencies such as Bitcoin. How will you tackle these growing challenges?
- The sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT) has out-paced every attempt to respond at the international and national levels. The Internet has enabled offenders to groom children online, and to exchange information and advice on how to abuse children and avoid law enforcement detection…”[i] What strategies will you implement to get ahead of this growing trend?
- Will you support the work of a Presidential Commission to examine the harmful public health impact of Internet pornography on youth, families, and the prevention of sexual exploitation of children in the digital age?
Today’s youth have fully integrated the Internet into their daily lives, using technology as a pervasive platform for education, communication, interaction, exploration, and self–expression. Preventing the sexual exploitation of youth online requires a shared responsibility between the public, corporations and government. A growing number of government commissions, task forces, scholars, and institutions have recognized the significant risks associated with unfettered Internet access by youth, and they have called upon governments, policy makers, caregivers, industry and educators to take action. The Presidential Pledge and supporting documentation, including the signed Pledge by President-elect Trump can be found at http://enough.org/presidential_pledge
Enough Is Enough®® is a national bi-partisan non-profit organization who has led the fight to make the Internet safer for children and families since 1994. EIE's efforts are focused on combating Internet p*rnography, child p*rnography, sexual predation, and cyberbullying by incorporating a three-pronged prevention strategy with shared responsibilities between the public, Corporate America, and the legal community. EIE continues to press forward with its current National Porn Free WiFi Campaign urging American companies offering free public WiFi to their patrons to voluntarily filter child porn and pornography. In response, McDonald’s is now filtering their in store WiFi in nearly all of their 14,000 stores and Starbucks has issued a policy to do the same. EIE launched The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge in June 2016 asking the Presidential Nominees to uphold the rule of law by aggressively enforce existing federal laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online.
To arrange an interview with Donna Rice Hughes, contact Cassandre Durocher at Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or email@example.com.
 NCMEC data illustrate the explosion. Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP), 2005 - reviewed 1.98 million child pornography images and videos. 2008 - 8.6 million, a fourfold increase in three years. 2010 - 13.6 million, 2011- 17.3 million.
 Angela Hawke and Alison Raphael, The Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism. Thailand: ECPAT International, 2016.
 “Report to Congress,” Commission on Child Online Protection (COPA). (2000): 10, 43-44. http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sites/cyber.law.harvard.edu/files/COPAreport_0.pdf
 Angela Hawke and Alison Raphael, “The Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism,” Thailand: ECPAT International, 2016.
 Victor C. Strasburger, Amy B. Jordan, and Ed Donnerstein, “Health Effects of Media on Children and Adolescents,” American Academy of Pediatrics 125, no. 4 (2010)
 Jill C. Manning. “The Impact of Internet Pornography on Marriage and the Family: A Review of the Research,” Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention 13, no. 2-3 (2006): 131-165.;Eric W. Owens, et al. “The Impact of Internet Pornography on Adolescents: A Review of the Research,” Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention 19, no. 1072-0162 (2012): 19, 99-112.