NEW JERSEY, United States, Wednesday April 13, 2016 — Caribbean nationals were among 44 people, convicted of crimes against children, who were nabbed by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an operation to round up sex offenders.
The Crimes against Children operation which ran from April 4 to 8 throughout New Jersey, as part of ICE’s public safety efforts, saw the arrest of individuals from 22 countries, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
In a release issued on Monday, ICE said that among those detained were a Haitian convicted of criminal sexual contact against a child and endangering the welfare of a child; and a Cuban national convicted of three counts of sexual assault of a minor. ICE did not detail the offences for which the other Caribbean nationals were convicted.
The individuals, aged 19 to 61 years old, were convicted of a range of offences, including sexual abuse of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a child, luring or enticing a child, endangering the welfare of a child, sexual assault of a minor, child abuse, and indecent exposure.
“As part of this operation, we specifically focused on the arrest of individuals who took advantage of children. Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ERO officers and our law enforcement partners, there are 44 fewer criminals in our neighbourhoods,” said John Tsoukaris, field office director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in Newark.
“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety.”
Last year, ICE conducted 235,413 removals across the US – 91 percent of whom were previously convicted of a criminal offence.