United States Virgin Islands

Population

103,574

Population 0‑14

17.5%

Internet Users

50.1%

Facebook Users

31,000
* Statistics provided by CIA.gov, Internet World Stats and GSMA Intellligence

2010 - The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established as a public corporation and subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. The viNGN was created to provide high-speed, broadband Internet services to the territory.

2011 - The viNGN began an initiative to create various public computer centers (PCC’s) to promote digital literacy and safety.

2013 - The VIDE participated in the national Digital Learning Day campaign, which celebrates innovative teaching and showcases practices that personalize the learning experience for students and makes it more engaging. February 6, 2013, was proclaimed Digital Learning Day by Governor deJongh, and through a national town hall meeting as well as local get-togethers in public schools, VIDE aimed to educate schools, teachers, pupils and parents on the ways to integrate modern technologies effectively into the classroom in order to improve education across the Islands.

2013 - Strategic goals of VIDE’s 2013-2015 Technology Plan include the comprehensive integration of technology into student instruction, the provision of technologically-focused professional development for administrators and teachers and the establishment of centralized network infrastructure and support services for resolving technological issues.

In February 2013, the VIDE participated in the national Digital Learning Day campaign, which celebrates innovative teaching and showcases practices that personalize the learning experience for students and makes it more engaging.12 February 6, 2013, was proclaimed Digital Learning Day by Governor deJongh, and through a national town hall meeting as well as local get-togethers in public schools, VIDE aimed to educate schools, teachers, pupils and parents on the ways to integrate modern technologies effectively into the classroom in order to improve education across the Islands.13 To find out more about the event across the United States go to http://www.digitallearningday.org/

This section contains details of the country’s laws as they relate to sexual offenses, children and the use of the Internet in the commission of criminal activity. Where possible, sentence details have been given, including whether an increased custodial penalty is imposed where the victim is a child.

In the Virgin Islands, except in cases where a different punishment is prescribed by law, felonies carry a penalty of imprisonment for up to five years, whereas a misdemeanor is punishable by a fine not exceeding $200 or by imprisonment for up to one year, or by both (Title 14 V.I.C. § 3).

  • Title 14, Virgin Islands Code Annotated (V.I.C.) Chapter 3A. Trafficking in Persons. § 133. Prosecution. This section states that it is a felony to knowingly traffic another person with intent that the victim shall engage in forced labor or services, or conduct that constitutes an offense under Chapter 81 (Prostitution and Related Offenses).

  • Title 14 V.I.C. Chapter 23A. Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.. § 488. Visual Medium Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct, Prohibitions; Penalties.** States that it is illegal to employ, use, persuade, induce, entice or coerce any minor to engage in any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual medium depicting such conduct. It is equally unlawful to use a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, sexual intercourse, sodomy, an obscene sexual performance or sexual conduct for the purpose of any performance that is intended to corrupt morals. The section also states that it is an offense to create, reproduce, publish, promote, sell, distribute, give, exhibit, or possess with intent to sell or distribute any visual medium that depicts a minor or a portion of a minor’s body engaged in any sexually explicit conduct. Furthermore, it is illegal to advertise, sell, purchase, or exchange any material or information, whether printed, verbal, audio or digital, which provides details as to where any such visual medium can be found or purchased. Bringing such material into the Virgin Islands or possessing such material is also deemed to be an offense. An infringement of this section renders the offender liable to imprisonment for a term of between five to 20 years and a fine of up to $100,000.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 489. Definitions; Computer Pornography. Defines, among other things, for the purposes of this section, a minor as a person under the age of eighteen years. The section also states that a person is guilty of the offense of computer pornography if he/she intentionally compiles, enters into, or transmits by means of computer; makes, prints, published or reproduces by other computerized means; causes or allows to be entered into or transmitted by means of computer; or buys, sells, receives, exchanges or disseminates, any notice, statement, or advertisement, or any minor’s name, telephone number, place of residence, physical characteristics, or other descriptive or identifying information for the purpose of offering or soliciting sexual conduct of or with the minor or the visual depiction of such conduct. The penalty for computer pornography is imprisonment for up to 20 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 706. Harassment by Telephone, Telegraph or Written Communication. States that anyone who, with intent to harass or alarm another person, communicates with a person anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, mail or any other form of written communication, in a way likely to harass or alarm, is guilty of an offense and liable to a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment for not more than one year.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. Chapter 51. Indecency. § 1022. Obscene and Indecent Conduct. Imposes a maximum fine of $100 for anyone who exposes his person or private parts thereof in any public place, offending public decency; who procures, counsels or assists any person to expose himself; who writes, composes, stereotypes, prints, publishes, sells, distributes, keeps for sale, or exhibits any obscene or indecent writing, paper or books among other definitions.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1024. Distributions; Printing, Exhibiting, Distributing or Possessing. This section states that it is a misdemeanor to knowingly send or bring into the Virgin Islands for sale or distribution, or within the Islands to prepare, publish, print, exhibit, distribute or possess with intent to distribute, any obscene matter. The section also deals with the case where a person sends or brings into the Virgin Islands; possesses prepares, publishes or prints, with intent to distribute; distributes, exhibits or offers to distribute, any obscene material depicting a minor engaging in or simulating sexual intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, bestiality, any lewd or lascivious sexual activity, or any excretory functions performed in a lewd manner. This is deemed to be a felony, rendering the offender liable to up to three years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1025. Distribution or Exhibition to Minor under 18. States that anyone who knowingly distributes, sends, or exhibits any obscene matter to a minor under the age of eighteen years is guilty of a misdemeanor.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1027. Employment of Minor to Perform Prohibited Acts. This section states that it is an offense to knowingly permit, promote, employ, use, persuade, induce, or coerce a minor to engage in either posing or modeling for purposes of preparing a film, photograph, negative, slide, or live performance involving sexual conduct by a minor for commercial purposes. This is deemed to be a felony, punishable with imprisonment for between three and six years and a fine of not less than $50,000.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1052. Kidnapping for Ransom, Extortion, Robbery or Rape. States, among other things, that anyone who abducts, takes or carries away a person by force or threat with intent to commit rape will face imprisonment for a minimum of fifteen years and will not be eligible for parole until at least half of the sentence has been served.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. Chapter 59. Libel and Slander. § 1171. Libel Defined. Defines libel as the malicious publication, by writing, printing or otherwise than by mere speech, which exposes a person to hatred, contempt, ridicule or obloquy, or which causes the victim to be shunned or avoided.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1172. Punishment for Libel. Imposes a penalty of imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $500 for anyone who publishes or distributes any libelous matter in any manner whatsoever, either printed or written, posting them or causing them to be posted in any place.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1179. Threatening to Publish Libel. Imposes a penalty of imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine of up to $1,000 for anyone who threatens another person with the publication of a libel concerning him or any member of his family, or who offers to prevent the publication of a libel upon another person upon condition of a payment.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. Chapter 81. Prostitution and Related Offenses. § 1622. Prohibiting Prostitution. Deems it to be an offense to engage in prostitution, lewdness or assignation; to procure or solicit for the purpose of prostitution; to keep, set up or maintain a place for the purpose of prostitution; to receive any person into a place for such purpose or to direct or transport any person to a place for the purposes of prostitution. The penalty for this offense is a maximum fine of $100 and/or imprisonment for up to 180 days.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1625. Pandering. Defines the offense as to, by promises, threats, violence or by any device or scheme, cause, induce, persuade or encourage a person to engage in prostitution or became an inmate of a brothel. Pandering also covers using fraud, duress or abuse of power to procure a person to engage in prostitution. Anyone who knows a person to be a prostitute and lives, wholly or in part, on the earnings of that person’s prostitution, or touts for such prostitute, is also guilty of pandering. The penalty is up to five years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Where the victim is under the age of eighteen, the minimum prison term shall be two years without probation or parole.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. Chapter 85. Rape and Related Offenses. § 1700. Aggravated Rape in the First Degree. States that anyone who has sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of thirteen, or who causes personal injury to a victim as the result of an act of rape, or who uses a deadly weapon during the commission of rape, is guilty of aggravated rape in the first degree. The penalty for this offense is imprisonment for a minimum of fifteen years without parole or probation up to a maximum of life imprisonment. A second or subsequent offense under this section renders the offender liable to a minimum of 25 years’ imprisonment up to life. An attempt to commit this offense is punishable by between seven and 25 years’ imprisonment. Furthermore, the offender shall receive a psychiatric evaluation and participate in psychosocial counseling.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1700a. Aggravated Rape in the Second Degree. Classifies sexual intercourse or sodomy with a minor of or over the age of thirteen but under eighteen as aggravated rape in the second degree. The offense also covers the use of force, intimidation or abuse of authority over the victim to perform a sexual act with any person. The penalty is imprisonment for a minimum of ten years up to life imprisonment. A second or subsequent offense is punishable by a minimum of 20 years’ imprisonment, without parole or probation. The attempt renders the offender liable to between five and 25 years’ imprisonment, without the possibility of parole for the first five years.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1701. Rape in the First Degree. Imposes a penalty of imprisonment for between ten and 30 years for anyone who uses force, fear of immediate or great bodily harm, or narcotic or anesthetic agents to enable him/her to have sexual intercourse with another person. A second or subsequent offense renders the offender liable to a minimum of ten years’ imprisonment up to a maximum term of life.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1702. Rape in the Second Degree. This section states that any adult who has sexual intercourse with a person aged sixteen or seventeen under circumstances not amounting to rape in the first degree, will be liable to a maximum of ten years’ imprisonment. A psychiatric evaluation and psychological counseling will also be imposed.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1703. Rape in the Third Degree. States that anyone aged sixteen or seventeen who has sexual intercourse with a minor of or over the age of thirteen but under eighteen, in circumstances not amounting to rape in the first degree, is guilty of rape in the third degree and subject to the jurisdiction of the Family Division of the Superior Court.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1708. Unlawful Sexual Contact in the First Degree. Defines the offense as to engage in sexual contact with a minor under the age of thirteen, or with any other person by the use of force, threat or fear of imminent or serious bodily injury, or by exploiting a person’s inability to resist due to an intoxicating, narcotic or anesthetic agent. The maximum prison term is fifteen years.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1709. Unlawful Sexual Contact in the Second Degree. States that any adult who engages in sexual conduct with a minor aged thirteen or over but under sixteen, not being his spouse, is guilty of an offense and liable to up to one year’s imprisonment.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. § 1721. Definitions. States that an offense involving consensual sexual conduct is not a sex offense for the purposes of this chapter if the victim was at least thirteen years old and the accused was no more than four years older than the victim.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. Chapter 86. Sexual Offender Registration and Community Protection. § 1721A. Covered Offenses. Requires all individuals that have been convicted of certain sex offenses, such as rape, unlawful sexual contact, computer pornography, distribution of child pornography etc., to register as a sex offender. A public sex offender registry website will allow the general public to obtain information about any sex offenders, including address, current photographs, a physical description, employment status and current employer, etc.

  • Title 14 V.I.C. Chapter 104. Stalking. § 2072. Stalking Prohibited; Degrees of Offense; Punishment. Defines the offense as to purposely and repeatedly follow another person and engage in a course of conduct or make a credible threat with intent to annoy the victim or place him/her in reasonable fear of death, bodily harm or injury. The penalty for stalking is up to eighteen months’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $7,500. A second or subsequent offense renders the accused liable to up to five years’ imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of $15,000, in addition to having to obtain psychological or emotional assistance. Anyone who commits stalking in violation of an existing court order is guilty of aggravated stalking and will be liable to up to five years’ imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of $15,000.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Crimes Against Children Task Force (VICACTF) was formed in 2015 as a “territory-wide approach to fighting the escalation of child exploitation and other predatory crimes against children.” The task force is a partnership between the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, local and federal law enforcement and V.I. community leaders.