Reporting Marie Osborne
DETROIT (WWJ) – A sobering reminder that predators are hard at work online trying to get access to children.
I-Guardian, a five-week long department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation netted 255 predators, three from Michigan. Sixty-one victims were identified, some as young as three years old.
ICE Spokesman Khaalid Walls says parents need to beware of what their children are doing online.
“A lot of times we see … children on Facebook, Twitter … the social networking and even online gaming communicating with people that they may or may not know and this is how many predators can ensnare their children,” said Walls.
Walls says there are no age boundaries for predators.
“We see the victims being younger and younger, age is really not a boundary, as it relates to online predators,” said Walls. “Predators in general will take advantage and exploit any young person.”
Anthony Lucido of Chesterfield was among three arrests in the operation.