FBI seeks help identifying predator seen in child-sex video

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The FBI is hoping you can help them identify a suspected child predator.  According to investigators, the woman -- known only by the bureau as Jane Doe 39 -- can be seen in a video with a child who is being sexually exploited.

The video turned up during an FBI investigation and forwarded to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), an organization that works closely with the FBI to stop child predators.

“We know the video has been traded on the Internet,” said Special Agent Susan Romash, who investigates child exploitation cases as part of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children program. “And we know this child is a victim who needs our help.”

In the video, the bureau says, the adult woman is heard speaking Vietnamese and, at one point, her face is shown.  Two images of her face were released by the FBI Wednesday, along with an audio clip of her voice.

LINK: Listen to audio excerpt

“Our hope,” Romash said in a press release about the investigation, “is that someone will recognize this individual’s face -- or her voice -- and come forward with information.”

The effort to identify and arrest Jane Doe 39 is part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP). 

Operation Rescue Me identifies child victims of sexual exploitation by using high-tech image analysis. ECAP seeks public and media assistance to help identify the John and Jane Does who display their faces -- and other distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos -- in pornographic images and videos of children.

The video depicting Jane Doe 39 and a child victim was first spotted by NCMEC in April 2016, but it’s not clear where or when it was recorded. The woman is described as an Asian female, likely between the ages of 25 and 35, with long black hair. She is wearing a white, yellow, blue, and red floral dress.

Anyone with information can submit a tip online or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

LINK: FBI wanted poster (PDF)