U.S. Immigration deploys app to catch child predators

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(FOX NEWS) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement launches a new smart phone application, specially designed to protect children and track down those who commit crimes against kids.
Fox news correspondent, Bryan Llenas, has the story.

It's called Operation Predator, A free smartphone app designed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to catch child predators around the world.

It's a first of its kind app, looking to catch sexual predators who often times exploit children or post photos or videos of abuse -online.

This is how it works.

Once you download the app.

You can read news releases on the most up to date information involving arrests or suspects.

Then there are the alerts, where you can find profiles with everything you need to know about suspected offenders.

This 36 year old man for example, shared over 700 images and 10 videos of child exploitation and sex acts. He was last seen in San Diego California.

Users can also submit tips 24 hours a day to federal investigators by filling out the tip form or calling the tip line.

All tips can be anonymous if you choose.

Brian Hale/ Assistant Director, Ice Office of Public Affairs: "At the end of the day our goal is to get the bad guys, and many times we rely on the public's tips to be able to pursue an investigation. This application is another valuable tool that enables us to go where people are, to reach out to people so that they can reach back to us with viable information that can help us put bad guys behind bars."

Predator crimes include possessing, trading, and producing child pornography on the internet.

Traveling overseas for sex with minors, or engaging in the sex trafficking of children.

According to ice their number of child predator arrests have increased 81 percent from 2010 to 2012.

Predators can face anywhere from 30 years to life in prison for their crimes.

Currently the app can be downloaded from apple's app store or iTunes.