This weekend an organization called Stop Child Trafficking Now is hosting a 5K walk in 39 cities to raise funds to support their rather unique program to stop child trafficking by targeting the demand side of the equation.
According to their website:
SCTNow has launched a national campaign to raise money for retired elite military operatives targeting the demand side of trafficking. These Special Operative Teams gather information on child predators both in the U.S. and abroad, information that will be used to convict child sex buyers. These operatives use the skills developed in the War on Terror in this war to bring down predators. Professional law enforcement have vetted this strategy and are eager to work with these operative teams once funding is secured.
And what can these “operatives” do that ordinary law enforcement can’t?
As a private organization the Special Operatives are not bound by the same restrictions that keep U.S. law enforcement from conducting research against sexual offenders. The Operatives provide high-level information and evidence to appropriate authorities that is needed to build packages against U.S. child sex offenders.
Restrictions? I wonder if they’re referring to the restrictions placed on government by those pesky Constitutional Amendments commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights.
They also make this startling claim about the failure of the U.S. law enforcement and justice system:
Stop Child Trafficking has chosen to fund a bold, new approach, one that addresses the demand side of child sex trafficking by targeting buyers/predators for prosecution and conviction. While over 260 organizations are currently focused on rescuing children, until the demand side is addressed, the supply will always exist. Few people know that virtually no convictions have occurred in the U.S. in the last 10 years, thus this heinous crime grows.
I gather they have apparently already identified one class of dangerous predator from comments made by one of their staff about the guy in the Pedobear costume at Comic Con.
As reported by Fox23.com:
“They are getting stimulated by that one touch. You don’t see it we don’t know it because they are hidden under that costume but that’s their sexual stimulation,” says Weis who is also a member of Stop Child Trafficking Now an organization that advocates against child abuse and human slavery. “Keep your children away from these mascots. Keep your child away from people dressed up. Know who your child is around and know what they are doing,” says Weis.
Kristen Weis is a National Walks Director/Sponsorship Development Manager at SCTNow.
You have to wonder if they’re mobilizing to send out one of their special ops teams to “research” the Pedobear guy. Or maybe they’re massing their troops in preparation for a D-Day style assault on the character breakfast at Disneyland.
You’ll notice the update at the top of that report clears up a minor error where the Tulsa Police apparently told Fox 23 that the Comic Con Pedobear guy was a registered sex offender. Turns out he wasn’t. I wonder where the cops got the bad info.