Tip: Craigslist ad offers up young children

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- A tip about a Craigslist ad offering up children has New Mexico agents working fast to find out if two girls are in danger.

Special Agent in Charge Anthony Maez said its one of the latest cyber-tips the New Mexico ICAC task force is investigating.

He said the tip was reported by a Las Cruces resident. In the report she mentioned that she had just read a Craigslist ad that was offering up two young children.

“It was titled: Two small girls for free to a good home,” Maez said.

The alleged post read almost like an ad for a pet. It said the kids were in great condition, were toilet trained, wore dresses, ate snacks and were clothed. It may sound odd but it’s not a first for ICAC

“Its very alarming but unfortunately we see very similar adds like this,” Maez said.

Right now, New Mexico agents are working with agents in El Paso to find out who posted the ad and if children are really in danger.

In the meantime, Maez said detectives are getting ready to serve a search warrant on another case in the metro.

“The National Center received that tip that someone uploaded two images,” Maez said.

He said the inappropriate pictures of two kids popped up on a social media site. Now they’re investigating who uploaded them and hope to find the children.

Maez said more people are using the internet to report crimes against children. He said on average ICAC is getting a new case everyday.

A cyber tip is what led to the arrest of an Albuquerque volleyball coach accused of having sex with one of his teenage players.

Maez said they don’t know if more crimes against children are being committed or if people are just becoming more aware to report it. Either way, Maez said getting people to report it is crucial.

“It is concerning because we’re finding, in many of our cases, we are finding one out of three warrants that we’re serving we do find live victims,” Maez said.

He said child porn makes up a good majority of cases agents investigate. However, from January through April ICAC has looked into more than 30 cases of adults trying to lure kids to meet up.

Maez said the Attorney General’s Office has really stepped up efforts in campaigning how to report crimes against children.

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