Olympia, Washington – You can now help put a stop to the sexual exploitation of children in Washington State.

Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF) has just rolled out a new donation page that allows the public to give monetary gifts online. All proceeds will go directly to the identification and safe recovery of exploited children, the investigation of those that sexually exploit children, and successful apprehension and prosecution thereof.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are about 200,000 cases of child exploitation a year in the U.S.

In this year alone, MECTF has arrested 41 people with crimes relating to the sexual exploitation of children. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, says WSP Sergeant Carlos Rodriguez.

Rodriguez adds, “having the ability to accept donations that go directly towards saving children and holding the people who victimize them accountable is huge. This new donation page allows the public to become part of the solution and make a difference in their community. Everyone can help protect their children and their neighbor’s children as well as keep people safe and put an end to victimization. Fighting child exploitation is a hard job but the outcome is worth it every single time. These donations will help us continue this fight.”

The Missing and Exploited Children Taskforce is a state law enforcement agency governed by RCW 13.60.110, and not designated at a 501 (c)(3) charity. Please consult with your tax professional or the Internal Revenue Service to determine if your donation is tax exempt.

To donate now, please visit: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/mectf/donate.php

Or, if you have any questions, please e-mail the Missing & Exploited Children Task Force at: MECTF@wsp.wa.gov.

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