The fight against child sexual abuse is getting a funding boost in Virginia.
State lawmakers recently approved a $5 increase to a fee paid by convicted criminals. It's expected to raise close to $1 million in new money every year for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) fund.
Camille Cooper from child advocacy group PROTECT says that funding could help take hundreds more child predators off the street.
“Each ICAC investigator that's hired with that money can do about 25 new cases a year, so that's really going to add up, it's going to make quite an impact,” said Cooper.
Those new funds will go directly to law enforcement groups in localities across the state starting July 1.
Cooper says more people on the ground will help save hundreds of children from abuse.