Hawaii lawmakers are trying to create better protection for children.
On Thursday, Sen. Will Espero introduced an anti-child pornography bill named, Alicia’s Law, which will provide funding for Hawaii’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
The initiative is named after Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was abducted by an internet predator in Virginia, and held hostage and tortured at the age of 13.
“I am alive and speaking with you today because of a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional Internet Crimes Against Children task force had the training and the resources, the boots on the ground, which were adequate to the needs of the situation and to the needs of the child,” Kozakiewicz said.
“Unfortunately, there is also a dark side of the internet, where individuals will take advantage of the anonymity that is provided in the internet,” said Sen. Espero (D) Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe.
With its current funding, the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children task force is only able to investigate one to two cases a month.
But officials say there are thousands of children who need protection.