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    Child Porn Victim: Tips Not Followed

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...n1472016.shtml


    Justin Berry Says Justice Department Moving Too Slowly To Find Pedophiles


    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2006
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    Justin Berry of Bakersfield, Calif., testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding sexual exploitation of children over the Internet, April 4, 2006. (AP)


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    The House Energy and Commerce committee is continuing its hearings on the subject and on Thursday expects testimony from the Justice Department, among other federal agencies.
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    (CBS/AP) Justin Berry, who for five years starred in his own Webcam child pornography business, told a House panel Tuesday that the Justice Department is moving too slowly to round up 1,500 pedophiles whose information he surrendered last year.

    "I believed that the government would protect the children being abused. I believed they would act quickly," Berry, now 19, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "I was wrong."

    Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra disputed that, citing a threefold increase in federal prosecutions of child pornography and abuse cases nationally over the past decade. The unit investigating Berry's case, which Sierra could not discuss, has seen its workload increase 450 percent in the last four years.

    "One of law enforcement's highest priorities is the protection of innocent children from sexual predators who lurk on the Internet," Sierra said.

    Berry embarked on his sordid journey into the world of pedophilia and drugs when at 13, living in Bakersfield, Calif., he acquired a Web camera as part of a deal with an Internet service provider. A lonely kid of a divorced family without many friends, Berry hoped to use the device to make friends his own age.

    Instead, a pedophile sent him an instant message within minutes of Berry's image landing on a Web site called Spotlife.com. More followed; then men worked to earn his trust.

    CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports that the Webcam encounters escalated into personal meetings. One molester helped him open his own pornographic Web site for money; another rented him an apartment where Berry's mother couldn't stumble onto what he was doing.

    "At 13, I believed these people were my friends," Berry told the panel. "They were kind. They complimented me. They wanted to know about my day."

    A few weeks later, he said, "everything changed" when one man proposed to pay Berry $50 to take off his shirt for a few minutes in front of the Web cam. The man helped Berry set up an account with PayPal, an online money payment system.

    Last June, Eichenwald approached Berry for a story he was doing on Internet pornography. Berry agreed to help with the story and tell law enforcement what he knew about other children being exploited.

    But the Justice Department and other massive federal agencies were slow to respond, Berry and Eichenwald told the panel. Berry said he has feared for his life.


    I was wondering since the case loads for this has risen 450 percent in 4 years , what do they do with the money recovered?
    Do they seize it and fund it back to Law Enforcement like drug money is used to fight the war on drugs?
    How long does it take to put the money seized back into Law Enforcement?
    They need computers laptops software and computer class or seminars to constantly keep one step ahead , How is it broken down ?

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    If Berry has names and proof, is it too late for him to go to local police and D.A. and pester them to file charges on these freaks since the government is doing nothing, which is no suprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txsvicki
    If Berry has names and proof, is it too late for him to go to local police and D.A. and pester them to file charges on these freaks since the government is doing nothing, which is no suprise.
    That article is dated April 4th and a lot has happened since then and at least one man has been arrested. If I recall correctly, the boy's father is also facing charges.

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