AG Touts Work Against Child Exploitation
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Attorney General Eric Holder is praising the collaboration between investigators and prosecutors who are targeting child exploitation. The remarks came at a national conference on child exploitation held in Atlanta. (April 18)

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[Location - Date:ATLANTA - APRIL 17, 2012][Source:AP][VO:][SOT/:ERIC HOLDER/ATTORNEY GENERAL]("Since the launch of Project Safe Childhood six years ago, investigations and prosecutions of child exploitation crimes have increased dramatically. Unfortunately, we've also seen an historic rise in the distribution of child pornography, in the number of images being shared online, and in the level of violence associated with child exploitation and sexual abuse crimes. Tragically, the only place we've seen a decrease is in the age of victims. This is alarming. And it is unacceptable. But - as every community, every family, and every child can be assured - we are fighting back.And our enforcement, engagement, and outreach efforts are making a meaningful, measureable difference. I know that, this afternoon, you've already discussed the impact of successful, collaborative law enforcement efforts like Operation Minotaur and Operation Delego - and the outstanding work that's being done by the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section within the Justice Department's Criminal Division - as well as some of the critical prosecutions that have been advanced by our network of U.S. Attorneys Offices. Because of the tireless work of many of the people in this very room, in recent years, we have brought a record number of offenders to justice - and we're aggressively, effectively targeting the most dangerous, non-compliant sex offenders. ")[Notes:WIRE COPY:] ATLANTA (AP) _ The nation's top law enforcement official is praising the collaboration between investigators and prosecutors who are targeting child exploitation. Attorney General Eric Holder told a crowd of hundreds Tuesday at a conference in Atlanta that authorities are "sending a powerful message that, when it comes to keeping our children from harm, a new era of collaboration has begun." The remarks came at a national conference on child exploitation held in Atlanta this week that involved more than 1,700 agents, investigators, prosecutors and others. Holder says there has been a "historic rise" in the distribution of child pornography and the number of images shared online. He says the only place there's a decrease is in the age of victims. But he says outreach efforts "are making a meaningful, measureable difference."(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: BOB MCCALL -------------------------- VIDEO SOURCE: AP -----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: BOB MCCALL----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: NONE ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): NONE--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:v0016AP-GA--Child Exploitation,129