With kids spending more time online, FBI's Operation Kick Boxer targets child predators
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using a new effort to stop sex predators who target children.
It is called "Operation Kick Boxer" and it uses sting operations to identify people who manufacture and distribute child sex abuse materials.
Matthew Krueger, the U.S. attorney for Wisconsin's Eastern District, says it has led to arrests all over the world. He also says reports of child exploitation are up significantly this year compared to last year.
"In additionally, with the pandemic, children are spending more time online," Krueger said. "They're getting more used to different internet applications, getting used to using webcams and so they're more vulnerable."
Krueger also stated Operation Kick Boxer has led to two arrests in Wisconsin, including an Indiana man who traveled to Oshkosh, thinking he would meet a 15-year-old girl.