Child sexual exploitation must end

In late June, a member of one of Babycenter’s online communities came forward seeking advice on what to do after finding her husband’s stash of child pornography–including graphic pictures of his own 20 month-old daughter–on their home computer.

Thanks to an anonymous tip by another Babycenter member to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, that man is now in jail: http://www.ktva.com/ci_15480715?source=most_viewed

This story is disgusting and vile. The sexual exploitation of children should be of the utmost priority to both law enforcement and citizens. No loyalty, benefit of the doubt, or vows should ever, ever excuse or secret those who produce, view, or solicit child pornography.

As a parent, I am horrified that someone could do this to their own child. I can only hope that this man is punished to the absolute full extent of the law, and even then, it’s not enough. There is no room in our society for pedophilia or child sexual exploitation. I understand that people make mistakes, that punishment doesn’t always fit the crime, that our justice system tends to hand down harsh sentences for small offenses, but there is not a punishment that can be served to this man that can match the crime that he committed.

To the person who reported this, you are a hero. And as one parent to another, I sincerely thank you for saving this child’s life, and the lives of possibly many more.

Child sexual exploitation should always be taken seriously and should never go unreported. If you know or suspect someone might be abusing a child, please report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tipline.

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