ICAC wants state funding
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) says it receives more than 5,000 leads of child pornography or enticement every year, but even more children could be saved. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) says it receives more than 5,000 leads of child pornography or enticement every year, but even more children could be saved.
"That doesn't include mom and dad coming into the police station and reporting that somebody has taken pictures of their child,” Jim Kouril with ICAC says. “That doesn't include any of the social networking sites. I mean...there are thousands more leads."
Right now ICAC has only three full-time investigators in the entire state, but some state funding could help it hire nine more.
ICAC wants those investigators, because officers say criminals don't typically only deal in child pornography.
"We don't want to look at this as just going after someone that is just viewing pornography in the privacy of their own home,” says Paul Jagosh with the Fraternal Order of Police. “There's an 80% likelihood that investigators are going to go in and actually rescue a kid from some very violent sexual abuse."
ICAC says in 2011 they investigated 70 cases of child pornography. But, with the help of the extra investigators, they could look into 270 cases in any given year.