May 24th, 2011
05:47 PM ET

Official: Most cases start with tip from public

Working across international borders to clamp down on sex abuse is no easy task, especially when it involves young children. But as a U.S. official told CNN's Richard Quest, it's a task that's made easier with the help of the public.

In the past eight years, the United States has prosecuted 90 pedophiles who went overseas to abuse children. John Morton, the director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says discovering these criminals is hard work because it involves tracking people who are doing everything they can to keep a secret and also means working with a local police force in a foreign nation.

He said that most of the tips in these cases come from the public.

"We don't generate the vast majority of the leads in these cases," he told CNN. "We get them from non-governmental organizations, from people who are paying attention on an airplane and notice that a child is traveling with someone that they really shouldn't be traveling with, who see something amiss and report it to authorities or to a group that specializes ... in this kind of work. And then we get involved."

The children are too scared or too young to report the crime, so it is vital that if someone suspects something suspicious, they need to report it.

"We are not talking about some ordinary crime. We are talking about the assault and abuse of small children, as young as three or four years of age, usually in circumstances of grinding poverty, very difficult cultural conditions," he said. "And if they don't speak up, chances are the crime is going to go uncovered and that child's life is ruined. They need to say something. They need to allow us to get in there and investigate and put these people away.

"We all have to stand up and vindicate those children, because they can't stand up for themselves," he added.


soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    If we end the sex trade, then where are all the rich people going to have sex with children then?

    May 25, 2011 at 8:52 am | Reply
  2. INVISBLE HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING

    PLEASE TELL OBAMA THEY ARE RUNNING A SLAVERY RING UNDER CALIFORINA AND HUNDREDS OF MEN AND WOMEN SEND FRAUD TO THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF IN LOS ANGELES AND TO THE MEDIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES AND ITS THE WAR OF THE UNDERGROUND AND THE WAR IS ON THE INTERNET AND THE WAR OF GETTING THE TRUTH TO SHERIFFS AND POLICE SO THEY CAN DO THIER JOB TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE AS THEY GET HUNDREDS OF LIARS LYING ABOUT NICE MOTHERS AND FATHERS AND TEENS AND SELL THEM WITH ISPYWARE THE LADIES PUT IN AND SPY ON THE FAMILIES IN THEIR RESTROOMS AND SHOWER HEADS AND TOLIETS AND BEDROOMS. THEY PICK THEM OUT ON MYSPACE FACEBOOK OR A SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPH AND FRAME THE MOMS WHEN THEY GET SEPERATED AND SET UP FRAUD AND LIE TO EXTENDED FAMILY AND OLD FRIENDS THEY RARELY ARE AROUND AND GET A MEDICAL PERMIT WITH THE FRAUD FILE TO PUT A CAMERA I THE TOLIET. THEY ARREST THEM WITH FRAUD OR EVALS TO SHERIFFS POLICE AMBULANCE COMPANIES AND THEY RAPE TORCHER FAMILIES ALL UNDER CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS THE USA. UNDER THE USA THEY TRAFFICK GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN IN BOXEES AFTER EMBALMED OR LOBOTOMYS OVARY OUT AND CLIT OFF FOR THE SATANIC MEN AND WOMEN AND INSTESTINES TIED IN A KNOT AND DEPT OF CHIKDREN FAMILY SERVICES GETS MEDICAL PERMITS FOR THE SURGERY AND TAKES THIER MONEY AND CALL IT ADOPTION MONEY AND STOPS THEIR INCOME OF CHILD SUPPORT AND ITS A NICE SINGLE MOM WITH DAUGHTERS IS THE REASON THEY EDIT THE PEEPING TOM TO LOOK LIKE PORN AND SHOW IT TO EVERYONE AND SEND FRAUD EVALS AND COPY PASTE REPORT CARDS FROM A S TO D S OR F S AND ARE PAID TO MAKE NICE MOM LOOK MEAN AND NICE GIRLS LOOK LIKE BAD GIRLS AND ITS INVISIBLE SLAVERY. THEY PLOT AND PLAN THE CAPTURE AND GET FAKE NAMES IDS AT THE HALL OF REOCRDS AND AT THE PASSPORT OFFCE MANY ON THEM FROM THIER SCHOOL ID PHOTO AND BUT HAIR DYE TATOO STAMPS HOOKER CLOTHING AHEAD OF TIME AND PULL UP DIAPERS FOR AFTER THE SURGERY AND CATHETERS AND RESPERATORS AND BOXES TO PACK THEM AND SHOOT THEM UP AT THE NURSE OR THEIR HOMES OR MALL OR COLLEGES OR JOBS AND WITH HEROIN ACID COLD MEDS FOR A COMA AND LIQUID PLUMMER CAPSULES AND BRAIN DAMGE THEM IN HOMES SO THEY CAN SAY LOOK A RETARD OR NEGLAECTED KID AND ROB THEM BLIND AND TAKE FAMILY PHOTOS FROM THEIR HOMES AND SAY ITS FOR THE ADOPTIVE FAMILY AND TAKE ALL THEIR MONEY AND SAY ITS FOR THE ADOPTIVE FAMILY AND THEY FORGE OR SIGN THEM OFF AT JUVY JUDGE IN THE VALLEY HOUSE OR ANY JUDGE THEY LIE TO AND BAIL THEM FROM JUVY AFTER A FRAUD ARREST THEY FRAME THEM WITH SAG AFTRA PHOTO DOUBLES AND START CLEARING OUT THE HOUSE TO SELL IT OR FLIP IT OR TAKE TITLE TO IT AND PLAN SERIAL MURDER OUT OF THE WHOLE FAMILY AND ADOPT THEM TO PEDAPHILES RAPISTS AND THE LAW IN CALIFORNIA IS ONLY BLOOD FAMILY CAN ADOPT AND THEY LIE ITS URGENT AND THEY ARE THE DANGER TO STOP AND THE MOM DAD IS NOT THE URGENCY THEY ARE THE VICTIMS AND THE OTHER LAW IS THE PATIENTS RIGHTS LAW AND THEY TAKE THEM TO SURGERY AGAINSST THEIR WILL AND SHOOT THEM UP AGIAINST THEIR WILL AND THEY COLLECT MONEY CALLED ADOPTION MONEY FROM JOHNS TO RAPE THEM TRAFFIK THEM AROUND THE WORLD AND SHOOT THEM UP THE WHOLE TIME AND SNUFF THE CHILD TEEN AND MOM UNDER CALIFORNIA AT THE END OF THEIR JOURNEY IS WHAT THE LIARS CALL IT AND ITS RAPE TORCHER MURDER EVERY HOUR UNDER LOS ANGELES COUNTY CALIFORNIA AND ALL OVER CALIFORNIA AND MISSISSII THE OTHER WORSE STATE ITS INVISIBLE SLAVERY AND FIVE HUNDRED MEN SEND FRAUD TO COVER UP THE MASS MURDEING OF NICE AMERICAN FAMILIES PLEASE GIVE THIS TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SO OBAMA CAN STOP SLAVERY IN AMERICA

    May 26, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • Babydoc

      Lose the caps.

      May 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • Babydoc

      Actually the caps are the least of your problems. I just struggled through what you wrote and I think a frontal lobotomy may be in your future!

      May 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • Altair9060

      Somebody needs their meds turned up.

      May 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • Joplin

      You need to seriously talk with someoone. You sound distressed. If you have some information that could help save someone you MUST get help.Get your representative in your state, that is their job to be a liaison and your government.

      June 12, 2011 at 10:07 am | Reply
      • Joplin

        sorry ..a liaison between you and your government. Reach out, be brave to save.

        June 12, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  3. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Most cases start with rich, greedy old men that want to have sex with children. So they travel to other countries where they won't get caught. Hello Dave Ortner! How's prison treating you? Hope you are getting it real good!

    May 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  4. LaoShur

    "In the past eight years, the United States has prosecuted 90 pedophiles who went overseas to abuse children."

    WOW!!! That's great! 11.2 per year! That REALLY puts a dent in the tens of thoiusands of pedophiles! Too bad they didn't have a doobie in their hands, then the number prosecuted would be MUCH higher!

    May 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  5. Lauren

    In response to INVISBLE HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING:: We all have our roles to play in putting an end to trafficking in the U.S. Obama is only one man, but if we all step up to the place together, we can accomplish a lot more.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  6. Joplin

    You need too, you should report this.........Where's the name and numbers of the people we should report too??? second let's see the budget they get for taking on this , as LoaShur says 11.2 per year, wow seems very low to me, also. Plus if it was a joint...we'll spend billions on a program that doesn't work, Just say no to drugs. Honestly I think they were smoking when the came up with that one.If you smoke you smoke and if you don't YOU DON'T! I'd much rather my tax dollar go to this issue than getting the kid, adult, for a friggin joint., tying up court time and prisons for shi~ put these kinds of S.O.B.'s in jail now!

    June 12, 2011 at 10:20 am | Reply

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