Thursday, March 12, 2020

Port Orchard Man Sentenced for Trying to have Sex with 8-Year-Old

A Port Orchard man accused of traveling in 2019 to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to be filmed having sex with a girl was sentenced last week to 17 ½ years in federal prison. Mark Douglas Gould, 50, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee to a count of knowingly using a facility or means of interstate commerce in an attempt to persuade, induce, entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.  Police reports say Gould believed the girl was 9 years old; a media release on the case said the girl was 8. (KitsapSun, 3/12/2020)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

US Senate Bill to Fight Online Sex Trafficking

To protect children from online sexual exploitation, we have to hold Big Tech accountable. Tell Congress to take action!

A bill introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-California) — aims to ensure that tech companies are using best business practices to prevent child exploitation online. It would establish a commission to study the problem and propose laws. Please follow the link and ask your senator to back the bill.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Support Safe Harbor Bill in Olympia

If passed, HR1775 would address this injustice by: 
(1) amending the prostitution statute to be in inapplicable to minors; minors are the victims,
(2) empowering the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to coordinate and provide care and specialized services to identified youth survivors; 
(3) developing early intervention mechanisms and protocols for stakeholders; and 
(4) strengthen the role and impact of the CSEC Statewide Coordinating Committee.

Washingtonians follow this link to show your support.