DHS has no specific rules about how children are photographed, or chain of custody for the pictures. It has admitted, “The Department has not developed specific oversight procedures regarding obtaining photographic evidence of abuse.” While DHS files are confidential, we believe that there are no safeguards on the cameras or pictures that the social workers take before they get into DHS files. There is great risk that these pictures will make their way into the stream of child pornography on the Internet. DHS has stated that if this happened, it would be a misdemeanor, with a fine of $300-500. (It would also be a federal felony in dealing in child pornography, which DHS seems to be unaware of.)
on strip searching children in Colorado
- Do government workers in Colorado really strip-search children?
- Don’t government workers ask for consent before they strip-search or photograph a child?
- How and why does DHS photograph children’s private areas?
- Doesn’t my child have any constitutional rights not to be strip-searched and photographed?
- Does a strip search endanger my child?
- Is this strip-search policy dangerous to our society?
- How does DHS protect these pictures of naked children?
- If DHS cannot strip-search children, will child abuse go unchecked?
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