$1 Billion Anti-Child Porn Bill

U.S. Senators Take On Child Pornography With $1 Billion Warchest: Dominic Rivera has an interesting post out on a bill currently making it’s way through Congress. The bill is called the “Combating Child Exploitation Act of 2007” and reportedly would designate a $1 billion (with a “b”) warchest to help fight child pornography.

I like this bill and applaud the government for trying to do something serious about the child porn problem.

Personally I’d like to see one other component added to this bill. I’ve long believed that those who abuse children ought to be the ones who fund even more dollars towards fighting abuse.

I think that when people are caught with child porn or caught in child abuse situations, that in addition to their criminal penalty, if convicted, they should also face severe civil penalties.

While some criminals who prey on children have no money or assets, many who prey on children do in fact have money and assets. I see no reason why a convicted child molester (for instance) shouldn’t lose their home to go along with their conviction. If the government can seize assets from drug dealers, why not child abusers. In my mind they are the worse scum.

If the government began seizing assets of convicted child abusers they could then use the money raised from these assets to put together more sting operations and further fund police activity to fight child pornography.

Personally I’d rather see those who are abusing children and/or participating in child porn foot more of the cost of fighting child porn and abuse than the general US population.

When watching shows like NBC’s “Catch a Predator” I’m consistently amazed at how many men these people catch. Why not let these men who are caught cover the cost of even more sting operations and help get more and more of these people who would abuse children off the streets?

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  1. Gary Denness says:

    I’m not sure how US law works, being from elsewhere, but I imagine that drug dealers have their goods confiscated due to their being the proceeds from criminal activity. I don’t disagree that convicted molesterers (however that’s supposed to be spelled) should face financial penalties, but I do think that is better left to the civil courts to decide. I assume these kids have legal recourse to sue the scumbags?

    I dare say, and I suspect the US is worse than the UK for this, that civil proceedings take a ridiculous amount of time and place undue stress on the victims a second time.

    Perhaps the criminal courts can make an award at the time of the trial, and avoid a civil trial? But I do think that financial damage awards and confiscating proceeds of crime are kept as separate issues, even if the outcomes might be remarkably similar.

  2. Don says:

    You would have to prove that the assets seized were used for the crime or purchased with proceeds from the crime.

    There’s also another problem with asset forfeiture: Police could target someone just for their assets. It doesn’t take much to frame someone for a crime, and that could be used as a pretext to seize a nice home, car or whatever the cops want to pad their budgets.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think child molesters are the scum of the earth, but let’s make sure we don’t do more harm than good.

    Frankly, I think the best thing to do with a child molester is sentence him to one week in prison, among the general population. If he’s still alive at the end of the week, he can go home.

  3. Michael says:

    1 Billion dollars more to problem that may or may not need it. The topic certainly is sensational. NBC does seem to lure people to the party with the easy pickings that they offer would these people go after somebody if the target wasn’t so easy? Don’t know but it makes good ratings.

    One more problem is what is child porn? Next time your portfolio is reviewed make sure you don’t have any bathtub shots of your kids. This extra billion has to get used for something. Might as well get used to put Mom and Dad in jail.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree child abuse is repugnant, but I can’t see how having civil penalties on top of judicial, helps IN ANY WAY AT ALL. For a start, a number of these abusers have wives and children. Are you going to take the home away from them as well? Haven’t they suffered enough?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I think that billion would be better used to study WHY people become obsessed with children and provide cure/rehab/prevention rather than prosecution. It’s like trying to arrest everyone with AIDS without trying to find the cure.

    I have the feeling that this issue has become a “social” disease where more exposure in the media means more criminals. Media help fuel the flame by feeding ideas into people’s head of criminal possibilities. Monkeys see, monkeys do.