Children are trafficked for many reasons – for cheap labor, for additional household income in poverty-stricken regions and also for sexual purposes. One of those sexual purposes is for the production of pornography, to be sold across the internet many times over. With the internet making anonymity easier and easier, many men have fallen into the trap of watching “kiddie porn”, with horrific consequences for all.
Thankfully, there are men and women in the justice system who investigate, track and bring to justice those that fall into this horrible snare of child pornography. It’s a very challenging job to track the perpetrators of this crime, especially when the investigators have to collect and the view the horrific images shared among the online networks. Often these investigators are parents themselves, and one can only imagine the challenges of their job. Pray for the Lord to give them the extra grace to deal with this part of their job – as one investigator said in a recent bust, “It’s a difficult job”, referring to watching children as young as 6 months old get sexually molested, even tortured, for other people’s perverse pleasure.
One such recent case in Canada brought charges to 10 people, ranging in ages from 22 up to 65 years old. In California, another man was recently arrested for producing and distributing child porn. Even more disturbing was that he had been a Sunday School teacher.
We are thankful for teams of men and women willing to go through months and months of investigation to bring justice in this very challenging and heart-wrenching area.
Pray for all the victims of child pornography – God is hearing their cries and bringing about justice, no matter how difficult the job.