Child Exploitation/Operation Predator


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Each year, millions of children fall prey to sexual predators. These young victims are left with permanent psychological, physical, and emotional scars. ICE targets and investigates child pornographers, child sex tourists and facilitators, human smugglers and traffickers of minors, criminal aliens convicted of offenses against minors and those deported for child exploitation offenses who have returned illegally.

Seeking to end this criminal activity and protect children worldwide, ICE developed Operation Predator, an initiative to identify, investigate and arrest child predators and sexual offenders. Operation Predator draws on ICE's unique investigative and enforcement authorities to safeguard children.

Coordinated nationally and internationally, Operation Predator brings together an array of ICE disciplines and resources to target these child sex abusers. As part of the effort:

  • ICE has created a National Child Victim Identification System in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Justice, Internet crimes against children task forces and other agencies.
  • ICE agents stationed internationally work with foreign governments, Interpol and others to enhance coordination and cooperation on crimes that cross borders.
  • ICE is a member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, joining law enforcement agencies around the world to fight child exploitation information and images that travel over the Internet.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around-the-clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may also be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or

Virtual Global Taskforce logoAbout ICE membership in the Virtual Global Taskforce

The Virtual Global Taskforce is made up of law enforcement agencies from around the world working together to fight child abuse online. The taskforce aims to build an effective, international partnership of law enforcement agencies that helps to protect children from online child abuse.

The Virtual Global Taskforce strives to make the Internet a safer place, identify, locate and help children at risk and hold perpetrators accountable. It is comprised of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the US Department of Homeland Security, Italian Postal and Communication Police Service, and Interpol.

Resources and reporting information are available at

Recent News

2/14/2013 Fresno, CA Fresno man charged with using Internet to lure 13-year-old into sexual encounters

2/13/2013 Kansas City, KS Eastern Kansas man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

2/12/2013 San Juan, PR HSI arrests former church pastor on child exploitation charges

2/12/2013 Lexington, KY Kentucky man sentenced to 14 years in prison for distributing child pornography

2/11/2013 El Paso, TX Former El Paso school district mechanic sentenced to 6 years following his guilty plea on child pornography charges

2/11/2013 Sioux Falls, SD Chicago man found guilty of multiple sex trafficking charges in South Dakota

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