RECOMMENDATION 61

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
3

The Department of Justice should appoint a national task force to conduct a study of cases throughout the United States reflecting apparent patterns of multi-victim, multi-perpetrator child sexual exploitation.

The Commission has heard testimony regarding alleged multi-victim, multi-perpetrator child sexual molestation rings throughout the country. Few of the investigations of these rings have resulted in successful prosecutions. Multitudes of children have related experiences of being photographed by the alleged molesters, and others have commented on the "quick removal" of volumes of photographs prior to law enforcement searches. In the estimated twenty-five investigations throughout the country involving alleged ritualistic molestation of pre-school children not one photograph has been discovered to substantiate the children's stories.

Even in the face of clear medical evidence of sexual molestation of many of these children, the young ages of the children and the procedures in the criminal courts have combined to undermine and destroy effective prosecution. Given the striking similarities in the nature of the alleged sex crimes committed against children in these rings and the consistent inability of the local law enforcement and child protective services systems to effectively investigate and prosecute, it appears likely that future cases could result in similar unsuccessful efforts within the justice system.

A national task force should pursue extensive study for the purpose of establishing or discarding:

  1. Possible links between multi-victim, multi-perpetrator child sex rings and pornography;
  2. Possible linkages among multi-victim, multi-perpetrator child sex rings throughout the United States;
  3. Production and distribution of child pornography through these organized sex rings;
  4. Possible links between sex rings, child pornography and organized crime.

The task force should then develop a report including recommendations for more effective investigation of child sexual exploitation cases reflecting these patterns of conspiracy. The task force would include among others, federal agency headquarters representatives. The task force should have the necessary budgetary and personnel resources to allow ongoing investigations in the field.

The task force should include interdisciplinary representatives and investigators with demonstrated skills and experience in multi

victim, multi-perpetrator child sexual exploitation cases.