Operation Predator Helps the Public Catch Child Predators

Written by | Updated September 23, 2013

The federal government released a child safety app in hopes of getting the public’s help in catching child predators. The app, created by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is called “Operation Predator.” It makes it easy for the public to spot and report any child exploitation going on in their community.

“As part of Operation Predator, the public can use this app to help U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) special agents identify and locate suspected child predators, and protect victims from further abuse,” according to the apps official description.

According to the ICE website, the Operation Predator initiative was developed to “investigate and arrest child predators who possess, trade and produce child pornography, travel overseas for sex with minors; and engage in the sex trafficking of children.”

The app will allow the public to submit tips online, call the HIS Tipline, help identify suspects, receive alerts on new suspects and get updates on investigations.

The app is free and is currently only available for iPhone users. Check it out and see if you can help the initiative.

Written by Elli Bishop

Elli is a safety and security expert for the Safewise team. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends and family. Learn more

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