Although the program is highly effective, Flint says there are simply not enough resources available to law enforcement officials to help put predators away. "We're getting better at finding them, seeing who's out there," he says. "We're just overwhelmed by the numbers."
Flint says about 15,000 images are traded on a daily basis. In the past two years alone, 300,000 to 500,000 computers have sent such images in the United States—and that's only on the computers that are trackable.
When predators are caught, Flint says he's the one who interviews them. "They'll look you in the eye. They'll describe it. They'll get excited about their interest. They'll talk about how society just hasn't caught up and this is what they should be doing," he says. "I've arrested them, have them get out on bond and on the way home pick up another computer and get back online to find the material. ... They don't stop."
Flint says those who work on Internet crimes sometimes feel like they're at sea and have to decide which children get to escape in the rescue boat. "I don't mean it to sound like it's hard for law enforcement—its gut wrenching," he says. "But those kids who are waiting for us—that's who it's hard for. That's who we need to be able to try and reach out to."