Florida ranks fifth in arrests of sexual predators by federal authorities, according to data released Thursday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 544 sex offenders in Florida since the agency launched Operation Predator in 2003. That places the Sunshine State in fifth place, behind only New Jersey, New York, Texas and California, reports the Miami Herald.
Nationwide, ICE has made 10,061 arrrests of sexual predators involved in child-exploitation crimes, the agency said. Of those, 8,601 were foreign nationals convicted of crimes committed against children via the Internet, sex tourism or human trafficking. Immigration authorities said they have deported more than 5,500 of those offenders. Information about Operation Predator is available at www.ice.gov.