To help protect children in Michigan from online predators, the Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force participated in a nation-wide effort which helped make more than 1,300 arrests across the nation.
The Michigan State Police, who participated in the effort to enforce online child sexual exploitation crimes, states that 28 arrests were made in Michigan.
“The Michigan State Police is committed to keeping our children safe in today’s virtual world,” Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, said in a release. “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.”
The two-month initiative started in April, and was called "Operation Broken Heart III." The purpose of the effort was to arrest child predators and promote internet safety education and outreach.
Operation Broken Heart III focused on offenders who possessed, manufactured and distributed child pornography; engaged in online enticement of children for sexual purposes or engaged in child prostitution.
Along with the arrests made, officers in the task force also provided community presentations.
To learn more about the ICAC and to get internet safety tips for kids and parents, click here.