This weekend, special agents and investigators in the United States and European Union scrambled to rescue a 22-month-old Romanian baby after learning that she was being sexually abused. It was 1:13 a.m. on Saturday when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents with the HSI Attaché Office in The Hague received disturbing information revealing an active abuse situation.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) sent the information to HSI after discovering images of the abuse on the Internet. HSI special agents immediately coordinated with Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, who reached out to Romanian officials. Within 72 hours, Romanian law enforcement executed a search warrant and arrested the suspected predator, a 34-year-old male. Evidence found at the home matched the self-produced child sexual abuse material that the perpetrator uploaded online.
“This case illustrates law enforcement’s unyielding commitment to protecting our children,” said Brian Davis, HSI attaché to The Hague. “What this monster did to this baby is unthinkable. He will now have to account for his actions.”
To protect the identity of the victim, no further details are available at this time.