GBI: Child exploitation arrests on the rise

GBI: Child exploitation arrests on the rise

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has conducted a study of the number of arrests in the state for child exploitation. The agency said in a release Wednesday that the number of arrests in those incidents is up dramatically.

Their Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force says that there were 189 arrests in fiscal year 2014, 201 last year, and 275 for fiscal year 2016.

This GBI says their newly added affiliate partners which assist more proactive investigations is part of the reason for the higher numbers.

"These increased arrests illustrate the importance of the Task Force working together and show that individuals attempting to exploit children will not be tolerated," said Debbie Garner of the CEACC Unit.

More than 200  state, and federal law enforcement agencies, other related criminal justice agencies and prosecutors make up the The Georgia ICAC Task Force, which assists state and local law enforcement agencies investigating cyber enticement and child pornography cases. They help with training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.

The creation of ICAC was prompted by increasing numbers of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

The Georgia ICAC Task Force received almost 3,000 tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2015 and worked 3,872 investigations related to child exploitation.  The GA ICAC conducted 391 Internet safety presentations.

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