House passes child-sex crime wiretap bill

Wednesday, 22 May 2002, 11:19 AM EST

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation that would give law enforcement new powers to eavesdrop on the telephone conversations of suspected child-sex predators.

Supporters say that the "Child Sex Crimes Wiretapping Act of 2001" is needed to snare potential child molesters who search for children in Internet chat rooms.

"Our children need our protection and these conversations on the Internet that lure and entice them lead them to telephone conversations that set up meetings," bill sponsor Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) said in a speech on the House floor today.

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