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Catching predators: there's an app for that

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Homeland Security has launched a new smartphone app to catch child predators and rescue kids from sexual abuse. Called ‘Operation Predator,' it allows users to submit anonymous tips from their phone straight to investigators.

The app is the first of its kind in federal law enforcement, profiling the cases of fugitive and suspected child predators. For example, the most urgent case on the app involves an unidentified man wanted for producing child pornography of a young girl. It shows photos of the suspect currently dubbed ‘John Doe.'

The app also allows users to get alerts about wanted predators and see news about recent arrests. Most importantly, people can submit anonymous tips at any time.

"In child exploitation investigations, we are investigating crimes where a child is actively being abused, and so by getting that information quickly to law enforcement, it enables us to maybe go out and make an arrest that maybe we might not have been able to make as quickly," said Patrick Redling of the Department of Homeland Security.

App users can also share the information with others via email and social media. While currently only available on the Apple App Store, developers said they are working on a version for Android users as well.

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