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Internet crimes PSA targets parents, teens

SAN DIEGO — Members of local law enforcement agencies are teaming up to prevent internet crimes against children.

They hope if teens and their parents hear one victim’s story, others will avoid dangerous scenarios.

“Hi, my name is Alicia and at the age of 13 I was lured and abducted from my home by a vicious internet predator,” Alicia Kozakiewicz said during an introduction in a new public service announcement Thursday.

The SANDAG Task Force and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department feature Kozakiewicz’s story in two PSA’s.

One is aimed at parents and the other targets teens.

“He held me captive in a basement dungeon chained by the neck,” Kozakiewicz said. “He tortured and raped me and filmed his crimes to share my pain and degradation online.”

Unfortunately, her story is not farfetched. According to the PSA, one in 25 youths receive online sexual advances where the solicitor tries to meet them in person.

“Our office alone has handled 50 cases [like this] this year as compared to 29 last year,” San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said. “As the internet has exploded, so have the opportunities for predators.”

The PSA’s warn parents that there are 624,000 child pornography users nationwide and thousands in San Diego County, which is another reason the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is getting more aggressive.

“These investigators from all of these agencies are exceptional at what they do and they will find these predators our there,” San Diego Sheriff Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said. “This is a critical message that kids need to hear and it’s a reminder to parents.”

Officials are reminding parents to keep the computer in a central place so they can monitor what their kids are doing online.

Parents should also know the websites their kids are visiting and teach them about internet safety.

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4 Comments to “Internet crimes PSA targets parents, teens”

    jennifer said:
    November 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I was on Facebook and this guy claimed he was Deaf lived in KY. He said he had a daughter age 14 she was sick in the hospital. Then he said he and his daughter went to Africa. He was asking me for money he also asked me for pictures of any girls. He is a nigerian sex offender. I reported him to facebook. He was blocked. Protect children all ages.

    jennifer said:
    November 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Teens if you use facebook and some guy says he wants to know more about you. Block them. If they ask you for money. Its a nigerian african scammer. They are desperate and most are offenders. If you get any of these block them. They will have good looking pictures and fake names. Facebook needs to find the scammers from Africa. Helpp

    Sex Offender Issues said:
    November 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Education is the key, not fear and hysteria.

    A major study was done that shows that most kids are approached online by other peers, and I'm not saying adults don't do this as well, but most are peers.
    http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/pubrelease/isttf/ http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/04/25/1208743http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonlinhttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/14/technology/intehttp://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/Teens-and

    And that scary map, if they know there is that many out there, then why aren't they stopping it? And how do they know it's not a virus spreading?

    Remember, fear is a great motivator, and that brings in the cash. Not saying that is the deal behind all this, but I wonder.

    cjc said:
    November 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    So true ..why is there not much education on this? Common sense usually is all that is needed…however some trust others because they are loney..or even mad at someone and decide to get even perhaps..so they fall for whoever comes their way….Others may be drunk or doing drugs and is a way they think of escape…So wise up..and and realize what is happening before something happens tthat would be tragic..

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