Quoted in the New York Times
Updated: Sep 30, 2019
I am honored to be among the people who are mentioned in this article and who are fighting child sexual abuse material online everyday.
Back when I was 14 I just started speaking out, someone told me that I was part of a war between good and evil, and would help to lead the battle on the good side.
I appreciated this, but thought perhaps they were being a bit dramatic. Now, I get it. I knew this issue would only get worse and that I wouldn't be the only child to be hurt by someone online, or otherwise.
Alicia Kozakiewicz was abducted as a child. Now, she works at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, advocating laws to prevent abuse. - Kholood Eid for The New York Times
I knew I had to do something about it.
17 years later, fighting day after day, I am quoted in this incredibly informative The New York Times article. Many of the names mentioned I have worked closely with and are dear friends.
In order to fight this, law enforcement and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces must, MUST, be well-funded.
Working with Protect, we have passed Alicia's Law in 12 states. Children in 12 states are better protected because of Alicia's Law. Child sexual exploitation is not an issue that will solve itself. This will never get better unless we address it and proactively fight it.
Together, we can bring these predators - this evil - out of hiding from the darkest corners of the web and humanity.
We must fight for our children. Now, today, and everyday.
Read the article: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/28/us/child-sex-abuse.html