(WASHINGTON) — Federal officials are urgently asking for the public’s help to rescue a young child who may be a victim of ongoing sexual exploitation, and to identify and arrest a “Jane Doe” suspected of producing child pornography.
Investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations are looking for a white female, from 23 to 29 years old, who is believed to have produced at least one long-form video that shows her engaging in explicit sex with a four-to-five-year-old victim. Investigators think the video first appeared on the Internet less than a month ago, on Nov. 27, 2012, which raises the possibility that the child is still being exploited.
“Jane Doe” has a medium build, hazel or green eyes and brown hair with blond highlights. The suspect also has a mole on her left thigh and a tongue piercing. Investigators believe that the video was made in the U.S., and that Jane Doe and the child are in the U.S.
HSI special agents got a tip from the Danish National Police after Danish law enforcement downloaded a copy of the video. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children determined that the victim had not been identified or rescued.
Authorities request that anyone with information about “Jane Doe” call ICE’s 24-hour tip line at 866-347-2423 or fill out an on-line tip form at www.ice.gov.
The criminal complaint against this unidentified woman, which was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., is the second obtained by HSI’s Child Exploitation Investigations Unit in 2012. The first “Jane Doe” suspect was arrested with her husband in Oregon in September after ICE solicited, and received, help from the public in finding her.
Michelle Lee Freeman and Michael Serapis Freeman turned themselves in to local police after tips to ICE identified Michelle as the “Jane Doe” suspect. Two child victims were rescued in that case and the Freemans are awaiting trial.
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Matt McFarland, CNN
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