Oct 14, 2015 11:16 AM
FBI bust nets arrests of 150 pimps, recovery of 149 child victims of sex trafficking
The FBI is taking the battle of child exploitation seriously.
In a nationwide sting that focused on underage victims of prostitution, the FBI was able to recover 149 sexually exploited children and arrest more than 150 pimps and other individuals.
Operation Cross Country was a partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
“Our mission is to protect the American people -especially our children - from harm,” said FBI Director James Comey in a press release. "When kids are treated as a commodity in seedy hotels and on dark roadsides, we must rescue them from their nightmare and severely punish those responsible for that horror. We simply must continue to work with our partners to end the scourge of sex trafficking in our country.”
73 of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Forces were involved in the operation, and it covered 135 cities.
On-scene services were provided to the recovered young victims, including crisis intervention as well as resources for basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical attention.
The youngest recovered victim was 12 years old.