One Child at a Time: Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children from Online Predators

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Random House of Canada, Jun 4, 2010 - True Crime - 352 pages
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From a renowned investigative reporter, the true story behind a horrifying Internet abuse epidemic–and the heroes who are out to stop it.

The Internet has helped make child abuse terrifyingly common–it is the new face of crime in the 21st century. There are tens, probably hundreds of thousands of children whose sexual abuse has been electronically recorded and distributed on the Internet. As Julian Sher reveals, the men perpetrating these crimes include lawyers, priests, doctors and politicians. They pick their victims from the streets of Bangkok to Boy Scout troops in England, while the police–from a crack image analyst with the Toronto police to an FBI agent who poses as a 13-year-old girl online–work desperately to nab the predators.

One Child at a Time goes behind the headlines to show how law officers are fighting back against this tide of abuse, from daring rescues in homes to the seizures of millions of dollars in the offshore bank accounts of the porn merchants. In riveting detail, Julian Sher shows how clue by clue, and image by image, investigators are using cutting edge tools, turning the technology of the Internet against the perpetrators as they race to find and rescue the victims–children who otherwise have no voice.

This important book explores the ramifications of a worldwide struggle, from the need for updated legal powers to the unexpected effects the Internet has had on our social fabric. It also includes a full list of resources for concerned parents. Though sometimes harrowing, One Child at a Time is also inspiring–and never less than absolutely relevant.

 

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Contents

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TWO The Spiral oflbuse
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THREE Burivd in a Lmzdrids
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A PICTURE IS WORTH A THUUSANU BLUES
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and Consequences
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ELEVEN TinArs on llm Prowl
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TWELVE W11 ofLaws
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FIFTEEN Virtual Global Cops
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SIXTEEN Em1amr the Cvildrrn
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Epilogue
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Appenrlbc Wb Resaurcesfbr Safkr Surfing
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Chronology of Major Investigations
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TEN Follow rlw Monqy
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Index
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Julian Sher is the author of several bestselling books, including “Until You Are Dead”: Steven Truscott’s Long Ride into History. He has worked on investigative projects for the CBC, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the New York Times. His website, JournalismNet, is ranked by Google among the world’s top ten journalism portals.


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