The free app, "Operation Predator," was developed by the
"When children are being sexually abused and exploited, it's a race against the clock to rescue the child and bring the predator to justice," said
All tips can be reported anonymously through the app, by phone or online at any time. The app is the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement.
The new ICE app is designed to generate leads from the public about known fugitivies involved in child exploitation cases along with helping authorities identify "John Doe" suspects, including people seen in child pornographic videos.
The app is focused on catching individuals involved with child pornography, Prado said. It is best to refer child molestation cases to local law enforcement, he said.
The new app also provides alerts about wanted predators, allows people to share information with friends via email and social media, and view information about arrests and prosecutions of child predators.
Operation Predator can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1eixbIM. It's also available from Apple's
The public can also report suspected child predators and suspicious activity through the toll-free ICE Tip Line, 1-866-347-2423, or (802) 872-6199 from anywhere in the world. An online tip form can be completed online at ice.gov/tips/.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may also be reported to the
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