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National effort to lock up child predators 

Over 1,300 arrests made nationwide in two months 

LANSING, MICH.—The Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force recently participated in a nationwide law enforcement effort to enforce online child sexual exploitation crimes that resulted in 28 arrests in Michigan and 1,368 arrests nationwide.

In April, ICAC task forces from around the country representing more than 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Michigan State Police (MSP), launched a two-month initiative called “Operation Broken Heart III” with the purpose of arresting child predators and promoting Internet safety education and outreach.

“The Michigan State Police is committed to keeping our children safe in today’s virtual world,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Along with our law enforcement partners in Michigan and across the country, we will continue enforcement efforts to discourage predators, while also working to educate children and parents about safe Internet use.”

Operation Broken Heart III concentrated on offenders who possess, manufacture and distribute child pornography; engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; or engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (commonly referred to as child prostitution).

In addition to the arrests made during this operation, ICAC task force officers also provided over 2,000 community presentations during this time.

For more information on the Michigan ICAC task force and safety tips, visit www.michigan.gov/MSPcyber.


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