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For more than a century, Postal Inspectors have investigated the sexual exploitation of children. The Postal Inspection Service was the first federal law enforcement agency to aggressively identify, target, and arrest those who produce, sell, and purchase child pornography. Specially trained Postal Inspectors investigate crimes related to the sexual exploitation of children. We partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the United States to investigate child sexual exploitation involving the mail and the Internet.

A parent who suddenly learns that a teacher, Boy Scout leader, or coach close to their child was arrested for possessing child pornography or for child exploitation can undergo great stress. Parents may be unsure of how to approach the situation. To learn more about the signs of abuse, visit Learn the Signs. Children’s advocacy groups are available to speak directly with parents and interview children believed to have been abused. To find a local organization, visit One With Courage.

Restitution for Victims of Child Exploitation
When an offender views, possesses, or distributes child pornography, it harms the child depicted in the picture every time it changes hands. Congress and courts around the country recognize the ongoing physiological, emotional, and mental harm done to children depicted in this manner. Courts have awarded restitution for child victims abused in pictures in cases prosecuted for the receipt, possession, and distribution of the pictures. To learn more, contact an attorney experienced in restitution.

Help for Parents of Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers peer support for families with sexually exploited children through its Team Hope program. Team Hope matches families with trained volunteers who can provide them with support, friendship, coping skills, and compassion. 1-866-305-4673

Can You See Me?
I am here, can you see me
I am here and still breathing
As I sit in the dark I wonder
I wonder, why me
Why was I chosen by evil
Why was I chosen to be your prize
I am innocent yet I feel guilty
I am here, can you see me
I am here and still standing
Hear my voice, all secrets are gone
Yes, I can see me now.

By an Inspection Service Victim-Witness Coordinator


“The Postal Inspection Service will continue to aggressively identify, target, and arrest those who dare prey on our children."

—Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service


“One of the most important things the U.S. Postal Inspection Service can deliver is a child's safety. Postal Inspectors have a long history of aggressively investigating predators who attempt to sexually exploit children through the use of the U.S. Mail. Although predators now employ more sophisticated technology, Postal Inspectors will continue to remain steadfast in our mission, no matter what means or methods they use.”

—Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service


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