Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces around the country, including the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force are set to launch “Operation Broken Heart” starting May 1st, a coordinated strike by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies--with the sole purpose of saving as many children as possible and arresting child predators.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says the operation will concentrate on offenders who: (1) possess, manufacture, and distribute child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (commonly referred to as child prostitution), and (4) engage in child sex tourism (traveling abroad for the purpose of sexually abusing foreign children).
All participating Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces will compile arrest statistics from the month-long Operation Broken Heart and share them with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in Washington, D.C. The OJJDP will provide information concerning the operation upon its conclusion.
Sergeant Jerry Barker of the Phoenix Police Department, who is in charge of the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, will be the point of contact. He can be reached at 602-757-4263.