Through funding by the Department of Justice, the U.S. has sixty-one (61) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces, which are dedicated law enforcement agencies that serve as that state's expert and hub on these types of crimes. Due to its size and population, the state of Texas has three ICACs – Texas Attorney General's Office, Dallas Police Department and Houston Police Department – all of which consistently year after year are among the top 10 highest volume ICACs in receiving CyberTipline reports and investigating leads of suspected child sexual exploitation.
In 2022, Texas law enforcement received more than 59,000 actionable CyberTipline reports. Of those, 340 were Priority 1 or 2 reports, indicating immediate or imminent sexual abuse of a child. More than 57,000 of those total reports were related to the possession, distribution, or production of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Additionally, more than 1,800 of those total reports concerned sextortion, a continued risk to children as more and younger kids spend time online. Learn more here!
Like every state, sadly child sex trafficking is a serious concern for the state of Texas. Through reports from the CyberTipline and missing child intakes, NCMEC has a dedicated team of analysts specialized in these vulnerable victims and engage with law enforcement on their behalf. In addition, a team located at NCMEC headquarters provides real time analytical support to law enforcement recovery operations, focused on identifying and safeguarding children who are sex trafficked.