The State of Florida is leading the charge in stamping out cyber criminals who prey on innocent children, and other states can follow suit using a new tool that's available for free.
"Operation Orange Tree," a state-wide initiative led by the joint efforts of Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum, and a team of federal, state and local cops were able to bring nearly 80 child cyber predators to justice. On June 9, 2009, Gov. Crist was joined by AMW host John Walsh for a press conference to announce this new tactic.
"Orange Tree" features a new, unique software component that allows for law enforcement to more accurately target illegal pornographic files online, and identify who is sharing them -- and where they are.
The government of Florida managed to successfully coordinate resources all levels of law enforcement to tackle one of the toughest challenges in the country, and their efforts to find and stop internet predators can serve as a model for states all across the country.
So what can your community do to stomp out child pornography?
Florida's Attorney General's office and their Cyber Crimes Unit has some more information available about their statewide crackdown on child pornography, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a major partner in protecting our children, offers assistance and resources to all levels of law enforcement.