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New tech helps in fight against child predators

Among the very worst evils in our world is sexual abuse of children. But many of the predators engaged in it have an enemy powerful enough to strike fear in them.

Operating far enough under the radar that we doubt many people have heard of it, an organization in Boca Raton, Florida, has a worldwide reach against those who victimize children. It is the Child Rescue Coalition.

An Associated Press story last week revealed some of the good being done by the CRC. Datelined Lyon, France, the story was about police in that country arresting 61 people on suspicion of involvement in a child pornography network. At least three of those arrested raped children on camera, officials said. Among those taken into custody were some religious leaders, teachers and municipal government officials.

French officials noticed the network after they began using computer software from the CRC. A nonprofit company, the CRC provides technology to law-enforcement agencies in all 50 states and 96 countries. Clearly, the coalition has developed technology effective in locating and apprehending predators.

How effective? According to the coalition’s website (childrescuecoalition.org), its work has aided in rescuing 2,883 children from predators. It has helped police arrest 12,536 of the evildoers. CRC officials estimate they have prevented as many as 600,000 cases of abuse.

Good to know someone has found a high-tech weapon against the true scum of the earth, isn’t it?

We assume most law enforcement agencies are aware of the coalition. If any in our area are not — assuming they are equipped and authorized to pursue child sex predators — we encourage them to contact the CRC.

By the way, it provides technological aid free of charge — but, if it saves even one child, it’s priceless.





Esther Wigley just finished paying off her medical bills – from 2017.

Wigley, a Medicare recipient from Scranton, Pa., is now working to pay off bills from 2018 and 2019. And as she looks ahead to her 2020 tab, she fears she might be in for some serious and painful choices.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that my bills keep me up at night,” Wigley said last week during a conference call organized by Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, as Democrats mount a two-front fight – one in a Capitol Hill hearing room, the other out in the field – to save the Affordable Care Act.

“My health and ability to put food on the table is at stake in this election,” Wigley added.

As messengers go, Wigley is a potent one. Current polling shows President Donald Trump losing to Biden among seniors in a trio of critical swing states, including Pennsylvania. Biden has targeted Trump’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacted a tragic toll among older Americans, as he’s made his pitch to the powerful voting bloc.

Hundreds of miles away from the West Scranton senior center where Wigley was speaking, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee trotted out example after example of Americans who’d benefited from the Affordable Care Act, and who might well end up suffering from its future repeal.


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