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New website instructs visitors in reporting suspected child exploitation

International law enforcement effort targets online predators

Posted: January 28, 2005

Law enforcement agencies from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States are creating a new Web site as a tool to help in the campaign against the online exploitation of children.

Announcement of the initiative was made in London, according to a January 26 press release from the U.S. partner in the effort, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The site, http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com/ instructs visitors in reporting suspected child exploitation and provides other safety and resource information about organizations involved in the international effort to protect youngsters from sexual predators.

ICE’s participation in this task force is in line with its ongoing campaign Operation Predator, which works to protect children from sex offenders, child sex tourists, Internet child pornographers and human traffickers. The 18-month-old operation has resulted in more than 4,800 arrests.

The text of the ICE press release follows:

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
News Release


International law enforcement partnership launches new website for reporting, resources

LONDON — Law enforcement and technology industry officials in the UK unveiled today a new international website created by the Virtual Global Task Force, a partnership lead by the UK National Crime Squad (NCS) that includes NCS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, and Interpol.

The site, at www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com, includes information on how to report suspected child exploitation in the UK, US, Canada and Australia; as well as related safety and resource information from partner organizations such as the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the United States.

Jim Gamble, Deputy Director General of the UK’s National Crime Squad, and Chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, said, “The Virtual Global Taskforce is a unique partnership in the history of law enforcement. Internet-users access a worldwide service so we must tackle abuse from a worldwide perspective. Strategic partnerships such as this are vital to our success.”

ICE’s participation in the Virtual Global Task Force is part of Operation Predator, a Department of Homeland Security initiative to protect children from criminal alien sex offenders, child sex tourists, Internet child pornographers, and human traffickers. Since Operation Predator began in July 2003, more than 4,800 individuals have been arrested nationwide. Foreign law enforcement, acting on ICE leads, have arrested more than 860 individuals.

Additional information about Operation Predator is available on the Web at http://www.ice.gov/.

ICE encourages the reporting of 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 be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established in March 2003 as the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE is comprised of five integrated divisions that form a 21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities.

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