MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says the number of internet crimes against children were up in 2021.
Statistics released Friday by Donovan’s office show the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received 452 CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last year, up from 376 tips in 2020.
The 2021 tips led to 42 prosecutions.
The primary mission of the task force is to prevent the victimization and exploitation of children through the use of computers, technology or the internet. The task force investigates cases of child sexual exploitation occurring over the internet, including the production and online sharing of child sexual abuse materials, also referred to as child pornography.
“Parents and guardians need to be involved in their children’s digital lives in the same way that they need to be involved in their children’s everyday life,” said task force commander Matthew Raymond. “Know where your children are going online, review the apps they are using, monitor use, set boundaries and keep communicating with your children about their safety.”
The task force receives reports of suspected child sexual exploitation from law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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