Technology an enemy for law enforcement when fighting child exploitation

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Posted: Sep 6, 2011 10:48 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Sep 6, 2011 10:48 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: technology, child exploitation, child pornography, child solicitation, law enforcement

BATON ROUGE- Law enforcement, and those that defend accused law breakers, say technology is against their efforts in child exploitation cases.

Law enforcement says new ways to mask a person's true identity online, or a way to track that down, is not only standing in their way of catching offenders, but often times routing agencies to innocent bystanders. The creation of animated child pornography is also a challenge for law enforcement because courts have ruled against it being considered a crime, unless authorities can prove it depicts an actual child or recorded video.

And defense attorneys say their jobs have gotten tougher too. Unprotected wireless servers, or even simple search terms, can lead people to become targets for law enforcement and not know it until officers come knocking.

Authorities say because of the technology twists, they have to stay on their toes through training.

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