May 21, 2002
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the lead Democrat on H.R. 1877, praised her colleagues for passing this important piece of legislation. The Child Sex Crimes Wiretapping Act gives federal agents the authority to wiretap suspected sex predators and child pornographers.

"Sex crimes against kids are the most offensive and horrible acts I can imagine and this bill gives law enforcement greater powers to track down and prosecute those who would commit such crimes. It's simply the right thing to do to protect young people from sleazy and deceptive sex criminals, it should be one of the greatest priorities for legislators," said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney in a statement today.


  • H.R. 1877 expands the list of offenses for which wiretaps can be obtained to include: child pornography, the buying and selling of children for sexual exploitation, inducing or coercing someone to cross state lines to engage in illegal sexual activities, and transporting minors for illegal sexual activity
  • H.R. 1877 will not affect the strict limitations on obtaining wiretaps

Currently, federal law enforcement agencies may obtain permission from a judge to use wiretaps in the investigation of more than 50 different crimes, including the sexual exploitation of children. Other crimes include bribery of public officials, unlawful use of explosives, the use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, Presidential assassination or kidnapping, and violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity.