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Caught in the Web: Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children from Online Predators

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Award-winning journalist Julian Sher goes behind the headlines about child pornography to describe how police officers, prosecutors, and high-tech analysts are fighting back against a tide of abuse to save victims. Granted extraordinary access by law enforcement agencies worldwide, Sher talks with FBI investigators, Department of Homeland Security, National Center for Miss ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 8th 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published 2007)
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Sep 01, 2007 Tressa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents, teachers, teenagers
Shelves: true-crime
This book is a true eye-opener. I've read a lot of true crime, and thought I knew about the depravity of some human beings, but I was nauseated at what goes on behind closed doors in our cities and suburbs. Caught in the Web showed just how many men and woman are using the Internet to prey on children and distribute child porn all over the world.

Some of the stories were hard to digest, but the police work it took to catch the child porn scum and rescue the children was fascinating. Sometimes all
Jackie Lesch
I read this book because of my work at the Justice Department; we contributed to this book. It will be a real eye-opener to those with little exposure to the rampant nature of child exploitation. Approach with caution.
A must read for all parents who allow their children to play on the Internet unsupervised. I learned that while the Internet has brought the predators more to feed upon it has also taken them out and rescued many children from their abuse. Mircrosoft, AOL and other Internet providers have spent millions of dollars working with law inforcment to catch and put these people away. I was amazed at how smart and creative these predators are when they stalk their prey. They have no boundries or self co ...more
I saw the author at a MS event months ago and I regret that the book has been sitting on my shelf ever since, because it was such an eye-opening book about the efforts to catch on-line child predators. It really fired me up and reminded me why I went to law school and why I'm passionate about children's advocacy. I think that the public would be horrified and disgusted to know that children are abused in a methodical and organized fashion--and that it has become an entire industry. It also made ...more
Scott Harris
This Arthur Ellis True Crime Award winning book is deserving of its accolades. It offers in in-depth and very readable account of the efforts ongoing to prevent and intervene in child pornography and sex trade. Solid research with the police and into the profiles of specific offenders reveals the pervasiveness of the trade and the scope of work required to track down and rescue the children involved. Particularly compelling in this account is the humanization of the victims and the teasing out o ...more
The same problem almost all true crime books suffer from - pacing. It goes on a little too long, loses its way a couple times. Some intense moments, then followed by information on how Visa trawls the internet for people using its insignia illegally. The back and forth is jarring, and it seems like the book had about three or so chapters just sort of tacked on.

But we don't read true crime for excellent writing anyway. It wasn't bad, I guess.
Madonna Analla
This was a very very interesting book. it took you behind the scenes of investigations into online crime. It was a bit hard to read because it focused on crimes against children but it talked mostly about all the investigations techniques they used to catch criminals. It enlightened me about online crime a lot!
Chrisi McGlone
Very heart wrenching what some children go through. An important education guide to parents when kids get old enough to use the internet.
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Oct 09, 2008 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with tweens
This is a very intense read but essential for parents of net savvy tweens/teens as well as anyone who works with them.
Loved it! The stories brought me to tears so many times.
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