First Lady Laura Bush Takes on the Fight for Missing & Exploited Children


First Lady Laura Bush has always been a proponent for the literacy of children. Now Laura Laura-bush-02Bush is helping the most  vulnerable among us  again This time it is the  missing and exploited children of the world. This international effort is to help  aide in finding  missing children and stop the exploitation of children. Especially in the battle against child pornography. Bernadette Chirac, the French first lady,  hosted the one-day conference on missing and exploited children.

The conference was a meeting of the honorary board of directors of the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children, based in Alexandria, Va. A study by the group examined all 186 Interpol member countries and found that up to 95 of them had no laws on child pornography, while 136 of them do not consider possession of child pornography a crime. (Houston Chronicle)

Laura Bush is now lending a helping hand  to the Missing and Exploited children of the world  by furthering the US Amber Alert system and forward other initiatives to help the exploited children of the world.

International AMBER Alert Plans

Mrs. Bush briefed participants on efforts to protect children in the United States, touting the Amber Alert system that mobilizes TV, radio and highway signs to get word out whenever a child goes missing.

“So far, Amber Alerts have saved more than 300 young lives in the United States, and similar programs are now saving lives in countries across the globe, including France,” she said.

France’s new system, modeled on the U.S. alerts, helped authorities track down three missing children last week.

The women proposed that the system be extended throughout the European Union, so all its member nations are alerted when a child goes missing.

Remarks by First Lady Laura Bush at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children Conference (Full speech can be read here)

Pornographic images of children are not exercises in free speech. They
are criminal acts of child abuse. The United States is working to end this
abuse through the government’s Internet Crimes Against Children task
forces. With the help of task force members, federal prosecution of child
pornography and abuse has increased from 350 cases in 1998 to more than
1,400 cases in 2005.

Through our national and international Innocent Images Initiative, the
American government works with law enforcement in 17 nations, as well as
Europol, to end the nearly nine million documented global transactions of
child pornography.

The abuses of children on the Internet respect no national boundaries.
And we’ve seen that when governments cooperate with other nations, they
keep children in their own countries safe.

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “First Lady Laura Bush Takes on the Fight for Missing & Exploited Children”

    1. LilPuma on January 18th, 2007 5:15 pm

      I don’t understand how a country cannot have child pornography laws. Our First Lady has taken on a great cause and should be able to make a big difference. Thank you, Laura Bush.

    2. Patti on January 18th, 2007 6:08 pm

      Lil Puma:

      I agree. We hear of these things when there is a crisis.
      But, many times, the lessons that we learn are soon
      forgotten in the stresses of everyday life.

      Perhaps, it will take Our First Lady to keep these
      things first and foremost in our minds…

      Salute! To Our First Lady, Laura Bush…

      You have our support!

    3. Scared Monkeys on January 18th, 2007 6:28 pm

      This is truley an issue of you are either with us or against us … there is no gray area in dealing with issues of missing & exploited children.


    4. Peaches on January 19th, 2007 7:52 am

      Rock on, Laura Bush! I have always admired Mrs. Bush. This is just one more excuse to think she is a great human being. Now if only the rest of the world would wake up and stop the violence against women and children. A girl can dream…..

    5. Para2legal on January 19th, 2007 12:56 pm

      Well, well, hope Richard is reading this. Richard, you compose the most excellent letters – would you please compose one we can send to Mrs. Bush about Natalee? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

    6. Mortella on January 19th, 2007 2:36 pm

      A true asset to a worthy cause. Laura Bush is one classy lady. I hope this cause will find a place in her heart for many years to come. She could help make a difference in a bigger way than most of us can.

      Thank you, Laura Bush!

    7. Patti on January 19th, 2007 5:43 pm

      Hopefully, the first place SHE’ll look is:

      The State Department Files…

      right where they left off!

      You GOOOOoooooooooOOOO!!! Girl!

      You KNOW she’s got some bad guys!!

      She’s just got to mop them up!!!

      I don’t think that she takes too kindly to the ones
      that steal your daughter, and leave you in a state
      of want… wondering:

      What, really, happened?

      Aruba!!! you is bad!!!


    8. Drew Kesse on January 26th, 2007 7:01 pm

      Let’s hope that Laura also understands that every missing person is someones child and she sshould also look to help the National Center for Missing Adults, which is about to close it’s doors due to lack of funding. Think of an adults that have been truly abducted! ah one comes to mind, Jennifer Kesse, orlando Fl. taken 1/24/2006. visit Mrs. Bush and seek to include all Missing ersons in your efforts!

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