The story is about a former Special Forces Operator who wanted to DO something worthwhile, in his “Next Life”
Then Someone told him about H.E.R.O.
The Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Child-Rescue Corps is a program developed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in conjunction with the National Association to Protect Children.
The HERO Child-Rescue Corps Program is designed for wounded, injured and ill Special Operations Forces to receive training in high-tech computer forensics and law enforcement skills, to assist federal agents in the fight against online child sexual exploitation.
Upon successful completion of the program, HERO interns have the knowledge, skills and experience to apply for careers with federal, state and local police agencies, and other organizations, in the field of computer forensics.
After his 10-month unpaid internship, Rock joined the Department of Homeland Security as a computer forensic analyst. Since he specializes in finding child porn, Rock is the guy who analyzes the crime scene. And as stomach-churning and heartbreaking as it may be, part of Rock’s job is to look through smartphones and computers for child pornography and identify the crime.
Rock has seen — and continues to see — some absolutely horrific things.
“I’ve watched videos from newborns to teenagers getting molested or sexually assaulted. When asked about how big of a problem child pornography is. Rock’s answer was quite unsettling.
He Said: “When I was in training, they pulled up a live map of the U.S. where a little red dot popped up every time someone downloaded child porn in the United States. In just fifteen minutes, the entire map was red.”
Rock pulled back the curtain on one way child pornographers communicate with each other openly. “It isn’t just downloading child porn, though. People will go to these dark chatrooms on the open internet, and they will offer their kids to each other. They will say things like, ‘I have a two-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter,’ and they will then offer them.”
It gets even more sickening than that. “People will go out and have kids just because they want a child to molest, or they want a kid at home to make child pornography with.”
Child pornography isn’t a crime isolated to a particular demographic, either.
“We will go to someone’s house, and we will have a ton of agents there. And people will come outside and say, ‘what are you doing here? He didn’t do anything!’ It happens at the trailer park, the house in the suburbs, or the mansion on the hill,” Rock stated.
“You could live in a neighborhood filled with millionaires and not know there three people just on your street who are huge into child pornography.” “It could be the mechanic at Jiffy Lube or a neurosurgeon. There are even some who will become dentists and pediatricians In Order To so have more access to children. They will dedicate their entire life to being able to be around more kids for the purpose of child pornography.”
Rock opened up about the level of disturbing sophistication some child pornographers have. “Tech savvy child pornographers can hack your webcam on your computer, your smartphone, your iPad, even the baby monitor camera. I keep a piece of tape over my webcam at all times.”
According to Rock, the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies are fighting child pornography around the clock, but they “barely make a dent” because it’s such a massive issue.
“It’s a growing problem because technology keeps advancing and more and more countries are coming online,” Rock emphasized.With how significant an issue it is, Rock recommends for parents to monitor how their kids use technology.
He says, “Educate yourselves more and your children on what to watch out for, they could be talking to someone online who claims to a 15 or 16-year-old, but in reality that’s a 45-year-old child pornography user who wants to make them a victim.”
Rock added, “Bad guys are pretty smart. they know what they’re doing, and many times, it’s easy to fall for their tricks.”