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Images of Jane Doe 39 taken from a video depicting child sexual abuse—law enforcement are seeking help identifying the woman, who they say may have "critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in a sexual exploitation investigation." (Left) Jane Doe 39's face—she is described as an Asian female between the ages of 25 and 35 with long black hair. (Right) The white, yellow, blue and red floral dress Jane Doe 39 is wearing in the video.

The image of a woman’s face, and a clip of her saying “you can’t play with this” in Vietnamese, were pulled from a child porn video.

Now the hunt is on for “Jane Doe 39”—the latest suspected abuser of children sought in the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert (ECAP) programs.

By looking into the smallest visual and audio clues in the footage, the ECAP investigators seek to track down the makers of child porn. It’s not many cases—this is the 39th so far—but the agencies involved have located a majority of those brazen enough to show their faces on camera.

The video showing Jane Doe 39 has been traded on the Internet—and was flagged by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC, in April 2016. NCMEC acts as a national clearinghouse for investigating child porn in the U.S. and abroad, and provides leads to law enforcement agencies national and local about the presence of such videos. The NCMEC and FBI collaborate on the ECAP program, which was started in 2004.

Metadata including GPS or other information attached to the video was investigated. But like in many other child porn items, it’s the footage itself which can provide crucial leads.

“We also search for clues within the images,” said Susan Romash, FBI special agent. “Those clues often help us determine whether the image was produced or who created it. If those approaches don’t work, but there is an adult in the image whose face is shown, we publicize it through ECAP and ask for the public’s help.”

Jane Doe 39 is Asian with long black hair, likely between the ages of 25 and 35, and is recorded speaking fluent Vietnamese.

An audio clip of Jane Doe 39 saying "you can't play with this" (loose translation) in Vietnamese, taken from a child porn video. The FBI is seeking public assistance identifying the woman, whose face is also shown in the video. (Video Credit: FBI)

The ECAP program has sought 39 John and Jane Does—and it has identified 26 of them.

More than 40 child victims have been recovered from abuse, the FBI added.

The 13 adults still sought for their involvement in child abuse include some with clear images of their faces appearing in child porn footage. Some others have their faces shown from angles or with grainy footage. The FBI and NCMEC release pictures of the faces, locations and even the jewelry and distinctive clothing of the people sought.

Depending on the quality of the footage, and the metadata attached to child porn, law enforcement can track the tiniest clues right to the scenes of sexual exploitation. For instance, a Florida man covered his face before videotaping himself abusing a 1-year-old child—but forgot to wear gloves. Dannie Ray Horner was arrested in 2015, based on blown-up images of the fingers in the image, showing his fingerprint. He was quickly found guilty by a federal jury, and sentenced to life in prison.

Authorities hope someone recognizes Jane Doe 39’s face or voice—or even her white, yellow, blue and red floral dress—and contacts authorities.

“Our hope is that someone will recognize this individual’s face—or her voice—and come forward with information,” said Romash.

Anyone with information about the woman is urged to contact the FBI’s tips line at 1-800-CALL-FBI. 

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