Sting Operations (2016)
All of the items below are related to Child Sex Sting Operations. Sting means the FBI or local law enforcement are using websites, social media, or messenger programs to lure suspected child predators to a location for arrest. Below is a cursory search via google (up to 8 pages deep) and capture as many big sting operations as possible. I did not try to include any prostitution or Human Trafficking related operations. E-mail me if I’ve missed anything.
- 2016 Jan:Adams County Operation – Sting operation in Colorado nabs 10 people. Range of ages not found.
- 2016 Feb: Child Safe Operation – Out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 8 people arrested. Ages not given but mugshots tend to suggest low 20’s to early 60’s.
- 2016 Feb: Snohomish County Operation – Six arrested in Lynnwood, WA operation. “All of the men were duped by undercover law enforcement officers.” Was considered 3rd Net Nanny Operation. Ages ranged from 20-61. (27 people caught in three operations)
- 2016 April: Operation Spring Cleaning – Big operation out of Georgia (Metro Atlanta) captures 23 men ranging in age from 19 to 48.
- 2016 April: Operation End of the Road – A 7 day sting operation in St. Johns County, Florida nets 12 men ranging in age from 21-60.
- 2016 April: Sarasota Operation – Another Florida Sting. This netted 13 people ranging in age from 18-53.
- 2016 April: Operation April’s Fools, Press Release – Out of Polk County, FL the stings continue. This one netted 18 men ranging in age from 19 to 60.
- 2016 June: Operation Cyber Guardian – Twenty-one men ranging in age from 19-72 captured in Cape Coral, FL during a one week operation.
- 2016 June: Operation Broken Heart III, DOJ Press Release – 1368 suspects arrested across the country in a 61 task force operation.
- 2016 July: Net Nanny 3 (WA) – 13 Arrested in Spokane, Washington. Update: The Sentence for one individual was 3 months which is one of best pleas I’ve seen for the Net Nanny cases.
- 2016 August: Operation Summer Heat – 39 arrested in Georgia and South Carolina with ages from 17 to 57. Are the 17 and 21 year olds really predators?
- 2016 August: Operation Kiss – 13 Arrested in Volusia, FL. Ages 18-61.
- 2016 August: Operation Blue Hawk – 15 Arrested in Jacksonville, FL. Ages 25-45.
- 2016 September: Operation Undertow, Article 2– An internet sting that targeted adults who traveled to a designated location in Pensacola, Florida to have sex with minor children. 26 arrested.
- 2016 September: Net Nanny 4 (WA) – 21 arrested in Thurston County, Washington. One additional person added after original announcement.
- 2016 September: Wisconsin Operation – Three men capture in Wausau, Wisconsin. Ages 24-31.
- 2016 September: Osceola County Sting – The stings never end in Florida. Another 10 men arrested trying to have sex with a 14 year old. Ages 21 to 63.
- 2016 October:Colorado Sting – 6 men arrested as part of larger operation (maybe Operation Cross Country X).
- 2016 October: Operation Cross Country X – A large scale operation involving many states. Claimed 239 child-sex-traffickers and 82 children rescued. Took place October 13-16th. Are these stings or do they actually capture real traffickers?
- 2016 November: Operation Treasure Florida Kids – 10 suspects arrested in Lake County, FL.
- 2016 December: Operation Safe Holiday – Welcome to Montgomery County, Texas with 36 arrested prior to Christmas.
Total Arrested: 283 + 1368 (Broken Heart III)