Welcome to CTECC’s Public Information Sector
The Child Trafficking, Exploitation, & Cybercrimes Commission (CTECC) is a global initiative
that has as its prime mandate the rescue, safety, and rehabilitation of abused, exploited and otherwise
endangered children. CTECC also gathers and analyzes empirical information and data on all issues to do with
the trafficking and exploitation of children. Additionally, CTECC provides independent oversight on the efficacy
of governments and other international institutions, and their compliance with international treaties
and conventions on the rights of children. Yet CTECC’s role is not merely critical; the organization
explores and provides effective processes and pragmatic solutions to help coalesce the efforts
of all those who advocate for disavowed and forsaken children everywhere.
Our Strategic Imperatives: Who We Are & What We Do
The Gathering of Intelligence
The Child Trafficking, Exploitation, & Cybercrimes Commission (CTECC) gathers intelligence and evidence for the interdiction of transnational organised 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 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.
CTECC 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.
Advanced Processes + Procedures
CTECC 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 agencies tasked with the prevention and interdiction of human trafficking—especially child trafficking—and cybercrime. Furthermore, CTECC is fully conversant and compliant 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, CTECC 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.
While CTECC is an autonomous organisation, it works closely where necessary with a number of ratified governmental entities including intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies, including INTERPOL, sharing information and data on criminal activities worldwide, specifically those involved with human trafficking and related crimes. “Ratified” means that, based upon empirical experience, CTECC 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 people with political power. For this reason, CTECC will only collaborate with those law enforcement agencies it has ratified as reliable and credible.
Note well: This does not preclude the need for any governmental agency to qualify for ratification with CTECC on a case-by-case basis, nor does it guarantee approval.
CTECC’s Central Operations Division operates for security reasons in a virtual environment with core functions based in the The Hague, Netherlands. CTECC has specialised 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 CTECC’s Central Operations Division and Director of Strategic Operations.
CTECC functions on a global basis with a strong emphasis and presence in Europe, the countries of the Balkans and Caucasus, Russia, the Middle East and the Far East. However, CTECC conducts field operations in many regions of the world, with Local Liaison Officers in over 60 countries.
Powers of Arrest
CTECC’s authorized officers working in the field have, in most cases, been granted official powers of arrest.
CTECC officers may also exercise their constitutional powers of arrest under the Common Law of the jurisdiction within which they are operating at any given time, and where appropriate will work hand-in-hand with trusted local law-enforcement authorities, and judicial entities.
Governance + Financing
While collaborating with many governments in the fight against the trafficking and exploitation of children and related crimes, CTECC is an entirely autonomous and privately funded organisation, and is not the branch or agent of any government or political entity, religious group, international organization such as the Council of Europe, the United Nations, NATO, the United States Federal Government, nor any international community or commonwealth such as the European Union.
Data Gathering + Analysis
While there are many non-governmental organisations worldwide tackling the issue of exploited and endangered children on both a local and international level, CTECC gathers, converges, and analyzes detailed, empirical information and data within its PROGENY secure system accessible by those dedicated to combatting child trafficking and exploitation, and the rescue and rehabilitation of homeless children. Our purpose is to provide a centralised system with accurate data and demographics on a global basis. This facility includes a rating system for the performance of governments in addressing the issue of homeless, exploited, and otherwise endangered children. This rating is evidence-based and demonstrable, and is independently gathered and not based solely on the representations of the specific governments being rated, nor of international treaty or human rights entities.
Reportage + Oversight
While collaborating with many governments in the fight against the trafficking and exploitation of children and related crimes, CTECC is an entirely autonomous organisation, and is not the branch or agent of any government or political entity, religious group, international organization such as the Council of Europe, the United Nations, NATO, or any international community or commonwealth such as the European Union.
CTECC is funded by private endowments, and is not reliant on funding from any government or political entity, religious group, or international organization.
Knowledge + Awareness
CTECC’s mandate includes raising public awareness of the issue of child exploitation and endangerment worldwide. One of our most challenging tasks is to inform people about this issue in viable cultures—cultures that have the ability to actually DO SOMETHING about these most heinous of crimes. Most people don’t have a clear concept of how pervasive the problem of child sexual exploitation has become, and most feel helpless to do anything about it. But given the right tools, the public can become a crucial factor in bringing perpetrators of child exploitation to justice. We are dedicated to providing those tools.
CTECC promotes and hosts a variety of venues where experts educate and engage audiences on the issue of children at risk. These include documentary segments distributed through social media, interviews on national TV networks, and public-speaking events.
CTECC collaborates with educators by providing specific course materials for subjects related to human and child trafficking and exploitation. And we provide an open forum for students to interact directly with CTECC with questions and discourse.
PROGENY: Secure Electronic Records
CTECC’s independently operated and highly secure data system for children, called PROGENY, defines our proactive endeavors to provide effective and pragmatic solutions. This highly secure system maintains a comprehensive record for every missing, exploited, or otherwise endangered child for whom we advocate. PROGENY helps secure the safety and welfare of forsaken children, and facilitates their placement in long-term foster care or adoption. Additionally, PROGENY’s secure, electronic medical records for sick children enable pediatric specialists to consult with local attending doctors, and arrange for them to receive new drugs and treatment for the children in their care. The PROGENY Secure Data System is one of the most unique and important tools available to define positive destinies for marginalized children.
PROGENY records also garner anecdotal testimony from rescued children, their caregivers, and other reliable witnesses or informants that is vital for CTECC’s proactive work with other international law enforcement entities for the interdiction of child abusers, and especially the transnational organized crime entities responsible for the commercial trafficking and exploitation of children.