The US Department of Justice announced that in a three month operation, more than 2,300 suspected child sex offenders had been arrested.
WASHINGTON – While the mainstream media was covering tweets, elections and political intrigue this spring, the United States Department of Justice was arresting thousands of suspected online child sex offenders through the Department of Justice’s Operation “Broken Heart”.
The DOJ announced the results of the operation on June 12, 2018.
Along with arresting 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders, the DOJ, in partnership with more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal lawn enforcement agencies in the months of March, April and May investigated more than 25,000 complaints of technology facilitated crimes against children.
According to a statement from the Department of Justice, the operation targeted suspects who:
- Produce, distribute, receive or possess child pornography;
- Engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes;
- Engage in the sex trafficking of children;
- Travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children
“In this one operation, we have arrested more than 2,300 alleged child predators and investigated some 25,200 sexual abuse complaints. Any would-be criminal should be warned: this Department will remain relentless in hunting down those who victimize our children,” said US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, vowing to keep up the fight to protect children.
Operation “Broken Heart” was conducted in all fifty states.