Welcome to Our Public Information Sector
The International Agency for Crimes Against Children (IACAC) functions primarily to gather intelligence and evidence for the interdiction of transnational organized crime syndicates and individuals that profiteer from the trafficking, enslavement, and sexual exploitation of children for prostitution, pornography, forced labour, organ trafficking, and other crimes. These criminal entities not only exploit children in real environments; they have also created a highly sophisticated subculture in cyberspace on both the supply and the demand side that is extremely difficult to track and intercept. Their illicit dealings in child exploitation are often related to other criminal activities including human trafficking in general; migrant smuggling; intimidation and murder; corruption of political and governmental figures; international money laundering; identity theft; and the fraudulent use of financial instruments such as stolen credit or debit cards, anonymous online payment utilities, offshore banking systems, and various other methods of securing illicit payments.
Our Tactical Initiative functions with 2 distinct mandates:
1: The Gathering of Intelligence & Evidence for Interdiction
IACAC gathers and disseminates intelligence and information from a variety of sources including: IACAC’s own field operations; our System Analysts and Case Officers; our Regional Directors and Local Liaison Officers in over 60 countries; other non-governmental organizations; data shared with other intelligence and national law-enforcement agencies; from international councils overseeing human trafficking issues; and from IACAC’s sophisticated cyber-tracking capabilities.
IACAC specializes in various fields of information technology, with a special emphasis on Cyber and Digital Forensics, and state-of-the-art electronic communications and surveillance techniques. These skills facilitate the tracing of criminal activity in both real and virtual environments, and are designed to augment the efforts of other ratified intelligence and international law enforcement or intelligence agencies tasked with the prevention and interdiction of human trafficking—especially child trafficking—and cyber crime.
IACAC is fully conversant with established practices and procedures for incident response in most jurisdictions, and the gathering of real and forensic evidence, data collection, data analysis, and the reliable formatting and reporting of evidence for criminal prosecution. Additionally, IACAC uses unique and highly effective processes and software for the identification and tracking of known criminals, as well as missing and exploited children. This includes the use of advanced facial recognition software to enhance detailed biographical and biometric profiles developed for each subject. This also includes profiles of active members of organized crime rings at all levels, and predatory individuals who constitute the “demand” or consumer side of the equation.
IACAC also targets the demand side of the exploitation of children by tracking the activities of sex tourism operators and their clientele, as well as individuals physically preying on children. This includes the gathering of evidence on such groups or individuals based on verifiable observation and testimony by victims, and by tracking the activities of child pornographers on both the demand and the supply side. It is IACAC’s belief that pursuing the “demand” side can have a significant impact on the ability of organized crime to function effectively.
IACAC compiles and disseminates image arrays not just to other agencies with which IACAC collaborates but also to the general public and the media to assist in locating and identifying criminals involved in the exploitation and trafficking of children. This includes the broadcasting of image arrays of known members of organized crimes syndicates and groups, fugitive sex offenders, sex tourists and other predators, and persons of interest. The involvement of the general public and the media has in recent years been crucial in apprehending those who abuse and exploit children, known fugitive sex offenders, and even members of serious organized crime entities.
Image arrays include packaged profiles from IACAC’s data system of known or wanted members of organized crimes syndicates and groups, fugitive sex offenders, sex tourists and other predators, supplemented where appropriate by INTERPOL ”RED” notices, or notices from national security or law enforcement agencies.
The Illicit Trade in Human Organs
In recent times, there has been a rise in the incidence of human organ trafficking. Originally considered an urban myth, organ trafficking has now been proven to be an insidious reality, and children—particularly those in their teens—are especially vulnerable. IACAC maintains a special database on information gathered concerning criminal entities involved in the trade of human organs.
2: International Law Enforcement & Treaty Compliance
IACAC catalyzes the effects of existing laws such as the United States of America’s PROTECT ACT of 2003, the United Kingdom’s SEXUAL OFFENSES ACT of 2003, and other similar national laws by tracking and monitoring the activities, both in real and cyber space, of individuals or groups of individuals traveling across international borders for the purposes of having sex with minors. These “consumers” incite the illicit activities of others in the exploitation of children on a variety of levels. IACAC provides hard evidence to embassy officials and attachés, as well as ratified local law enforcement agencies, for the indictment of these predatory consumers. This evidence often contains proof of associated crimes including money-laundering, tax fraud, and the facilitation of international crimes by organized crime syndicates. It is IACAC’s belief that pursuing the “demand” side can have a significant impact on the ability of organized crime to function effectively.
IACAC compiles and, where appropriate, disseminates empirical data on the global issue of child trafficking and exploitation to both governmental and non-governmental entities, and monitors compliance by countries that have ratified or are parties to international conventions and treaties with provisions relating to the trafficking and exploitation of persons, especially children. This includes recommendations by IACAC to the international community on appropriate action to enforce compliance where necessary, particularly in those countries seeking ascendency into the European Union or NATO.
Operations & Governance
IACAC operates under the auspices of a Dutch foundation (Stichting Endangered Child). For security reasons, IACAC’s Central Operations Division operates in a virtual environment with core functions based in The Netherlands.
IACAC has specialized case officers operating abroad, as well as Local Liaison Officers (LLOs) resident in most major regions where human trafficking, specifically child trafficking and exploitation, are prevalent. These personnel report directly to a Regional Director of Operations, or directly to IACAC’s Central Operations Division and IACAC’s Director of Strategic Operations.
While collaborating with many governments in the fight against the trafficking and exploitation of children and related crimes, IACAC is an entirely independent organization, and is not the branch or agent of any government, nor is it reliant on funding from any government, nor political entity, religious group, international organization such as the United Nations, NATO, or any international community or commonwealth such as the European Union. IACAC’s global operations are financed entirely from private funding and endowments.
Collaboration with Other Law Enforcement & Intelligence Agencies
IACAC works closely where appropriate and at its sole discretion with a number of ratified governmental entities including intelligence agencies and law-enforcement agencies, sharing information and data on criminal activities worldwide, specifically those involved with human trafficking and related crimes.
“Ratified” means that, based upon empirical experience, IACAC is extremely cautious in dealing with local, state, and even federal police authorities or government agencies in some countries. Many of these entities have been influenced or corrupted by organized crime, and even people with political power. For this reason, IACAC will only collaborate with those law enforcement agencies it has ratified as reliable and credible. Most law enforcement agencies in First World countries such as those in Western Europe, the United States, and Australia/New Zealand have been ratified by IACAC, as well as some in Third World countries. This does not preclude the need for any governmental agency to qualify for ratification with IACAC on a case-by-case basis, nor does it guarantee approval.