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MECTF · Missing & Exploited Children Task Force

The Missing & Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF) is a multi-agency task force focused on identifying, arresting and convicting those individuals who exploit children. Crimes investigated by MECTF include:

  • Communication with a minor for immoral purposes
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor
  • Possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct
  • Dealing in depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct

What can MECTF do for me?

  • MECTF is available to provide on-site assistance, case management, and training.
  • MECTF works closely with Federal, State, and Local agencies to accomplish it’s mission.
  • MECTF is available to assist agencies that do not have the resources or training necessary to investigate crimes against children.

What is child sexual exploitation?

Child exploitation includes the following:

  • Possession, Manufacture, and Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Enticement of Children for Sexual Acts
  • Child Prostitution
  • Child Sex Tourism
  • Child Sexual Molestation

How big of a problem is child exploitation?

The sexual victimization of children is overwhelming in magnitude yet largely unrecognized and underreported. Research indicates that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before adulthood.*

*Provided courtesy of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Tips for Parents:

  • Know where your children are at all times
  • Know your children’s friends, their parents, addresses, and all phone numbers
  • Be alert to teens and/or other adults over-interested in your children
  • Teach your children to trust their feelings - it’s okay to say NO
  • Be careful when choosing providers for your children
  • Be involved and spend time with your children when they are online
  • Never give out personal information in chat rooms or forums
  • Tell your children to let you know when they receive obscene or suggestive messages

Contact Us

Missing and Exploited Children Task Force

Washington State Patrol - MECTF
Investigative Assistance Division
PO Box 2347
Olympia WA 98507-2347
Phone: (360) 704-2410
Fax: (360) 704-2973

Link to the NCMEC Web Site

Additional Resources:

Arrow National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:

Missing and Exploited Children Task Force

MECTF Quick Links