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Press Releases - Blackburn, Energy & Commerce Committee Take On Internet Child Pornography Problem

Location: Washington, DC

Deleting Commercial Child Pornography Sites From the Internet: The U.S. Financial Industry's Efforts to Combat This Problem

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7th District) and the House Energy and Commerce Committee today held another hearing in a series investigating the sexual exploitation of children through the internet. The hearing will focus on the effort to eliminate commercial child pornography sites from the internet.

The House approved H.R. 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006, by a strong bipartisan vote of 410 to 15 earlier this year. The bill limits access to social chat networks in public places like schools. The committee investigations have found that the chat networks are often used by online predators to solicit minors.

The President recently signed into law H.R. 4472, the Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 which approved the establishment of a comprehensive national system for the registration of sex offenders and offenders against children.

"Online sex predators and internet child pornography are problems that know no geographic bounds," Blackburn said. "Each and every community can be impacted and that's why we're putting focus on this issue.

"As parents, our primary goal in life is to protect our kids, and today we have new challenges to face. Child predators and the pornography they create can come into our homes more easily than ever before. Tackling this problem will require a variety of solutions, but eliminating the profit in this industry is an important component.

"We're talking with the nation's financial services industry to investigate ways we can make it harder for child pornographers to make money. Choking off funds will help curtail the motivation for engaging in this disturbing industry.

"We plan to keep the focused on this issue since we know that when you close one avenue, predators often find another our law enforcement had not anticipated."

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