Sex trafficking attorney Mick Grewal discusses a major operation that caught 16 alleged internet child predators – and the need for parents to be vigilant about monitoring child internet use.
Earlier this month, sixteen adults, including a police officer, minister, bank manager, teacher and dental hygienist, were arrested after communicating with people they believed to be minors via social media sites – and trying to lure these “minors” into sexual activity. These “minors” were actually undercover police officers. The alleged child predators were charged with crimes that included luring, attempted sexual assault on a minor, attempted debauching morals of a child, and attempted criminal sexual contact.
This undercover operation was put into place by the New Jersey attorney general’s office. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal held a press conference yesterday to announce the sixteen arrests it made of the alleged child predators during “Operation Home Alone.” This Operation involved multiple agencies, including the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, NJ State Police, Homeland Security, and ICAC Task Force.
The main part of “Operation Home Alone” entailed arresting most of the defendants when they showed up at a home where they allegedly thought they would find a minor – the minor they had been chatting with online. What the defendants found, instead, were the undercover officers who were prepared to arrest them and seize any evidence.
“The 16 men we arrested allegedly used social media to stalk victims they believed were vulnerable children who could be sexually exploited. Fortunately, their victims were really undercover officers prepared to put them in handcuffs,” stated AG Grewal. “Parents need to know that the profiles of underage girls and boys we posted on social media to catch these offenders could easily have been profiles of their own children, who might also be targeted by predators on chat apps and popular gaming sites. Our message to parents with Operation Home Alone is be on guard. Our message to child predators is law enforcement is working overtime to find you and arrest you.”
The social media platforms involved in Operation Home Alone include Kik, Skout, Grindr, Tinder, MeetMe, and Adam4Adam.
At the press conference, a New Jersey police officer emphasized that parents and guardians need to be vigilant when it comes to communicating with their children about social media websites, apps and gaming platforms, and that they need to protect their children from those who seek to victimize them. AG Grewal told reporters that if children appear anxious or evasive when the topic of internet activities is raised, it may be a red flag. He added that it is critical that parents talk to their kids about chat apps and social media to make them aware that they may encounter people who are not who they seem to be.
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