They are on the front lines protecting children against predators online. But, here and elsewhere nationwide, those teams battling back child porn are often sorely underfunded and ill-equipped.
"One of the most downloaded videos of recent years that was spread around the Internet was of an 8-month-old girl on a changing table having her diaper being removed and being penetrated. That's what needs to be heard," said Alicia Kozakiewicz of the Alicia Project.
Kozakiewicz speaks about the unspoken. The type of things that make you cringe. That's because she lived it.
She's 25 years old now, but she was only 13 when her Internet friend turned out to be a sexual predator and a show-off. Scott Tyree raped and tortured her, even showing it to his friends online until investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force cracked the case.
"They found that needle in the haystack. That little girl was me," said Kozakiewicz.
"It is a big problem. It is a huge problem," said Sen. Will Espero. He introduced Senate Bill 2595 on Thursday, known as Alicia's Law.
Right now, Hawaii has two full-time ICAC investigators and one part-time computer forensic examiner. That's was 130 child porn investigations here every month and 216,000 images of child victims viewed in just one week.
"If the average person actually knew the extent of the problem of child pornography and child trafficking on the web and what is actually happening to these children, they would be lined up outside this building demanding action," said Alison Arngrim, an actor and child abuse survivor.
Under the new bill, criminals would pay $10 per felony or misdemeanor conviction. That money would fund Hawaii's ICAC fund and an annual report for lawmakers.
"We're making the people who are the problem pay for it," said Arngrim.
"Right now, as you're watching this, as you're hearing my words, there's a child screaming and crying in pain. And that child, every single child, deserves a chance to be rescued and deserves the miracle that I received," said Kozakiewicz.
Espero says this is also about educating children and their parents about the dangers lurking online. If passed, the bill would make Hawaii the sixth state to have an Alicia's Law.