America's Most Wanted Goes After Internet Predators

By Kelly West 2009-06-09 15:07:35 discussion comments
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According to Fox, in its 22 seasons, America’s Most Wanted viewers have helped to capture over 1,060 criminals, dozens of which were child predators. Later this month, the series will be airing an episode that shows how law enforcement fights back against online predators.

Set to air Saturday, June 13 (9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox, this episode of America’s Most Wanted will show viewers how the CyberCrime Unit in Florida uses state-of-the-art technology to track down people who make and distribute child pornography. The episode centers on “Operation Orange Tree,” in which the agents on a task force made up of the CyberCrime Unite, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and the local authorities pinpoint locations where child porn was being downloaded and take down the suspected predators. While the episode is mainly centering on how the technology is being used to get internet predators off the street (or away from their computers in this case), the show will also ask viewers to help cops locate a number of suspected predators that they’re still looking for.

The subject of child pornography isn’t something most people probably want to think about but the sad reality is, it’s out there and the internet does seem to facilitate those who want to get more of it out there. Given the different units that were brought together for this “Operation Orange Tree,” it sounds like tricky business figuring out how to track down and detain the predators. It should be interesting to see just what goes into such an operation.
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