The Department of Justice has announced that 2,300 people were arrested during a recent, nationwide and online operation that spanned over three months and every state in the United States. Operation “Broken Heart” sought out four types of people:

  1. Those who are involved, in any capacity, in the production and distribution of child pornography.
  2. Those who go online seeking a sexual relationship with a child, “enticing” them toward such ends.
  3. Anyone involved in the sex trafficking of children.
  4. Sex tourists who travel overseas (or to other states) to abuse children sexually.

Read about sex tourism and the recent changes to the U.S. Passport to identify child sex offenders here.

The investigation was significant, and it involved over 4,500 law enforcement agencies in the United States, all working together to catch these perpetrators — this meant coordinating federal, local and tribal efforts to not only subdue the criminals, but to spread awareness and offer tools for local agencies to better combat child abuse in any form in the future. On top of their investigations and arrests, they gave thousands of presentations to those ends, to just under 400,000 people.

These investigatory entities were working together under the umbrella of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The ICAC’s mission reads as follows: