Today the Department of Justice announced that nearly 1,700 child predators were arrested in the two month duration of operation “Broken Heart”, resulting in 357 who were exploited being identified.
In total, the Internet Crimes Against Children “investigated more than 18,500 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes targeting children” between April and May, resulting in the nearly 1,700 arrests.
In the agency’s press release, Attorney General William Barr said that “The sexual abuse of children is repugnant, and it victimizes the most innocent and vulnerable of all,” and went on to say that “Over the span of just two months, our ICAC task forces investigated more than 18,000 complaints of internet-related abuse and helped arrest 1,700 alleged abusers.
“We must bring the full force of the law against sexual predators, and with the help of our Internet Crimes Against Children program, we will.” Barr added, “We are committed to bringing the defendants in these cases to justice and protecting every American child.”
The press release also notes that operation “Broken Hart” specifically “targeted suspects who: (1) produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the sex trafficking of children; and (4) travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.”
Just two weeks ago, the FBI announced that it had rescued over 200 exploited children in its own massive operation.
The FBI Atlanta Field Office released a statement confirming that, along with 27 other local, state, and federal law enforcement entities, that 231 missing children had been successfully located in the month of May during Operation Safe Summer.
“From May 1, 2019 to May 24, 2019, 231 missing and/or exploited children were located. The operation’s goal was to combat all forms of child exploitation and make our community safer for our children heading into the summer months. The end of OSS coincided with National Missing Children’s Day, May 25,” the release said.
The statement said that on average, one in seven missing children is a victim of sex trafficking.
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