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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Trinity Mount Ministries - CyberTipline - NCMEC - DOJ - Report Child Abuse! 1-800-843-5678



In March 1998, using hardware, software, and programming assistance donated by Sun MicroSystems, NCMEC launched the CyberTipline® to further NCMEC’s mission of helping to prevent and diminish the sexual exploitation of children.

The CyberTipline provides the public and electronic service providers (ESPs) with the ability to report online (and via toll-free telephone) instances of online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the Internet. NCMEC continuously reviews.
CyberTipline reports to ensure that reports of children who may be in imminent danger get first priority. After NCMEC’s review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to law enforcement.

In furtherance of NCMEC’s mission, the CyberTipline allows NCMEC to engage with the Internet industry on voluntary initiatives to help reduce the proliferation of child sexual abuse images online. NCMEC uses the information submitted to the CyberTipline to create and tailor NCMEC’s safety and prevention publications that are provided to educators, parents and the public to help to prevent future victimization.

Members of the public are encouraged to report information regarding possible child sexual exploitation to the CyberTipline.



Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Trinity Mount Ministries - NCMEC - Active Missing Children Posters / Active AMBER Alerts - UPDATE - 1/22/2020

Missing Children Posters Below

Active AMBER Alerts
NameMissing FromIssued ForAlert Date
Vanessa MoralesAnsonia, CTCTDec 4, 2019
Dulce AlavezBridgeton, NJNJSep 17, 2019
Osiel RicoRoswell, NMNMJan 7, 2020

Notice: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® certifies the posters on this site only if they contain the NCMEC logo and the 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) number. All other posters are the responsibility of the agency whose logo appears on the poster.
Select an image to view the poster for one of these missing children.


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Still no sign of missing Bridgeton girl 4 months after her abduction

DAVID MADDEN
JANUARY 16, 2020 - 1:18 PM



Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio; inset: FBI
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NORTHFIELD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — It's been four months since a 5-year-old girl was abducted from a Bridgeton park. The search continues as the FBI chimes in publicly for the first time about their role in the investigation.
The national Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) unit was dispatched from Quantico as soon as Bridgeton police called, some 24 hours after Dulce Alavez vanished. Agents insist they’d always want to be called in sooner rather than later.

That said, Atlantic City-based Special Agent in Charge Gregory Ehrie says they’re still following leads and combing enough video to fill the Library of Congress several times over.
"The family should keep up hope. We do," Ehrie said. "We want a recovery of that child and any missing child. So the community and the family should not give up hope."

Nor should they worry about talking to the feds, even though many may fear exposing their immigration status.

It’s safe to say agents have expanded the scope of the probe across the country and into Alavez's biological father’s home in Mexico, given the way these cases go at this point in time.

"It’s been four months, but that’s not to say that law enforcement and investigative agencies aren’t thoroughly working this case," said CARD unit national supervisor Christina Bedford. "A lot of things are happening behind the scenes. We just ask that the community be patient with us and come forward with any relevant information to help us work this case."

There’s history of victims being found alive months, even years after they’re abducted. How busy are investigators? They’re in touch with local law enforcement daily, and still following leads, their most important clue a composite sketch of a man seen leaving the park with the child.



Composite sketch
Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office


Monday, January 13, 2020

Trinity Mount Ministries - DOJ - PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD - Justice News - UPDATE 01/22/2020

PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

Project Safe Childhood
Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Kids Can Bypass Communication Limit Feature On iOS 13.3


If you have children that own Apple devices, be aware that the latest update for iOS 13.3 included a feature called Communications Limits.
It is designed to allow parents to set up parental controls to keep their kids from speaking to, texting with, or Facetiming with anyone who's not already in their contacts list.
It's a small but important feature addition. Hackers, scammers, bullies, or strangers can easily get phone numbers belonging to children. Even worse, they can then harass or threaten them in a variety of ways.
Unfortunately, there were problems with the implementation of the feature. For one thing, a bug in the code allowed kids to add a new number to the address book contacts list and use that as a springboard for bypassing the restrictions imposed by the software.
The bug was discovered by staffers at CNBC who were able to show that the feature worked fine on devices backed by iCloud, but not other services like Google's Gmail.

  • Todd Haselton of CNBC had this to say about the discovery:
"A child should not be able to add the contact to the iPhone's address book without their parent entering their PIN first if the feature is working properly."
That's a succinct description of both the problem and its solution. Right now, Apple is scrambling to generate a fix. Although the company hasn't said as much, there's a very good chance that by the next patching cycle, the company will have a fix in hand.
If you were counting on the feature, one thing you can do until the fix is ready is to make use of the Downtime feature. That allows users to restrict access to apps according to a predefined schedule. It's not perfect, but it will get the job done in the short term.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking on January 11 with #WearBlueDay

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Office of Public Affairs

Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking on January 11 with #WearBlueDay
WASHINGTON – On Saturday, January 11, The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign will host #WearBlueDay, its largest one-day awareness initiative of the year. #WearBlueDay encourages the public to wear blue – the international color of human trafficking awareness – and post photos of themselves, or with friends, family, or colleagues, on social media with #WearBlueDay to raise awareness of this heinous crime.

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked around the world, including right here in the U.S. DHS is committed to fighting this human rights abuse through its many Components but also through public awareness and education.

To achieve this goal, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will soon release its first strategy to combat human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation. This document will articulate the Department’s priorities over the next five years to more effectively and efficiently combat the growing threat of these illicit activities to our Homeland.

Blue Campaign
Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf pictured with staff representing the DHS Blue Campaign and the Office of Public Engagement.

The Blue Campaign contributes to the Federal mission of combatting human trafficking by providing public awareness materials, at no cost, to increase recognition and reporting of human trafficking. It also collaborates with law enforcement and the private sector to train frontline employees on how to respond to suspected human trafficking. For more information on #WearBlueDay and Blue Campaign, visit www.dhs.gov/bluecampaign.

To report suspected human trafficking, contact the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line: 1-866-347-2423. For victim assistance, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).



Thursday, January 9, 2020

Federal Jury Finds Virginia Man Guilty of Sex Offense Involving a Minor


BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – A federal jury convicted a Virginia man yesterday after a two-day trial, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. The jury found Jeffrey William Sexton, Jr., 27, of Virginia Beach, guilty of traveling across state lines to engage in illicit sexual activity with a minor on June 1, 2019.

“As a dad, I cannot adequately describe how much matters like this trouble me.  Cases like this are disturbing and difficult to work.  Sexton thought he was traveling to engage in sex with a 13 year old and, to the nightmare of every parent, even encouraged her to sneak out of her house,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We are blessed that Sexton was communicating with an undercover officer and not a real 13-year-old.  We are doing everything within our power to keep West Virginia’s children safe from predators like Sexton.  I want to thank the FBI Task Force and my prosecution team for bringing this case to a successful conclusion.”
Sexton had previously been charged in a single-count indictment with travel to engage in illicit sexual activity with a minor. At trial, evidence revealed that Sexton began communicating with an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a 13-year-old girl on a social messaging and dating application on approximately May 28, 2019. During the conversations, Sexton brought up the topic of oral sex with the purported minor. At approximately 1 a.m. on June 1, 2019, Sexton traveled from Bluefield, Virginia, to Bluefield, West Virginia, to meet the alleged 13-year-old after telling her to sneak out of her house. On May 31, 2019, Sexton had also reached out to chat with two other law enforcement officers posing as minors on the same messaging application, discussing oral sex with one officer who stated she was only 14 years old.
Sexton faces up to thirty years in prison when sentenced on May 19, 2020.
The investigation was the result of an undercover operation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s West Virginia Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, which included task force officers from the Raleigh and Mercer County Sheriffs’ Departments.  
Senior United States Senior Judge David A. Faber presided over the trial. Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Rada Herrald and Kathleen Robeson handled the prosecution.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Trinity Mount Ministries - CyberTipline - NCMEC - Report Abuse! 1-800-843-5678


NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. The public and electronic service providers can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.

What Happens to Information in a CyberTip?

NCMEC staff review each tip and work to find a potential location for the incident reported so that it may be made available to the appropriate law-enforcement agency for possible investigation. We also use the information from our CyberTipline reports to help shape our prevention and safety messages.

Is Your Image Out There?

Get Support

One of the worst things about sextortion is feeling like you’re facing everything alone. But you have people who care for you and want to help. Reach out to them!

A trusted adult can offer advice, help you report, and help you deal with other issues. It could be your mom, dad, an aunt, a school counselor, or anyone you trust and are comfortable talking to. You can also “self report” by making a report on your own to the CyberTipline.

Don’t Give Up

Having a sexual exploitative image of yourself exposed online is a scary experience. It can make you feel vulnerable and isolated, but remember, others have been in the same situation as you – and they’ve overcome it. Learn the steps you can take to limit the spread of the content.



Sunday, December 15, 2019

To Facebook Administration - Stop Blocking Missing Children Posters!


To Facebook Administration,

Once again, you've blocked my ability to help missing and exploited children and to share child safety resources. I will send this message on all of my social media accounts (like I've done before), making thousands of people aware of Facebook's actions, rejecting my ability to help missing and exploited children through my organization, Trinity Mount Ministries. I will continue to post this message until this issue is resolved.


Facebook fails all of their users by blocking them from posting without telling them why, not offering an avenue to contact Facebook and address this issue and other issues, etc., which makes Facebook, overall, a very unpleasant experience. This is one reason you are losing users in large numbers, as well as all of the privacy issues, being cold and distant from the users - and inturn - causing anxiety and depression for no good reason.
Facebook - please get your act together.

Brett Fletcher, MHRS, MS.Psy, Th.G, Founder of Trinity Mount Ministries

https://lnkd.in/gC9aV6X

#Facebook #FacebookAdmin #FacebookPolicies #Unfair #Blocking #MissingChildren #ChildSafety #OnlineSafety #TrinityMountMinistries #BrettFletcher

Saturday, December 14, 2019

8 men who thought they were meeting children for sex are arrested in Arlington, police say

A ninth man arrested during the operation faces drug and weapon charges.

By Tom Steele

Authorities arrested eight men last week on charges of trying to solicit children for sex in an operation by Arlington police, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to police, the men thought they were chatting online with children ages 13 to 16 and were taken into custody when they arrived at an Arlington location where they had arranged to meet the teens for sex.

Eight men were arrested on charges of online solicitation of a minor: Francisco Carreon, 60; Davion Carter, 24; Enrico Garcia, 25; Michael Owonifari, 19; Christopher Pintek, 46; Joshua Price, 23; Brian Watt, 36; and Christian Weitmann, 24.

Carter also was held on outstanding warrants; Garcia faces a drug-possession charge; and Price also faces charges of assault on a public servant and resisting arrest. All eight men have bonded out of custody.


Top row, from left: Francisco Carreon, Davion Carter, Enrico Garcia, Michael Owonifari. Bottom row, from left: Christopher Pintek, Joshua Price, Brian Watt, Christian Weitmann.
Top row, from left: Francisco Carreon, Davion Carter, Enrico Garcia, Michael Owonifari. Bottom row, from left: Christopher Pintek, Joshua Price, Brian Watt, Christian Weitmann.(Arlington Police Department)

A ninth man, Richard Wilson, 38, was arrested on drug and weapon charges, as well as outstanding warrants. Police said he drove one of the solicitation suspects to the location.

Police said more arrests could be made, as 10 people did not show up at the meeting spot.

“The collaboration between Texas DPS, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and Arlington PD demonstrates our commitment to identifying and arresting these individuals who prey on our most vulnerable victims, our children,” police Chief Will Johnson said in a statement. “We will continue to partner with other law enforcement agencies with these types of operations to send a clear message to the criminal element that we will not tolerate this type of behavior in our community.”