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article imageFBI: 150 arrests, 105 children saved in child prostitution sweep

By Jessica Zuzierla     Jul 29, 2013 in Crime
Updated: The FBI announced 150 arrests and 105 children rescued as part of a three day sweep of child prostitution and other human trafficking rings in 76 cities nationwide.
UPDATED: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced at a press conference Monday that they arrested 150 people for alleged pimping, human trafficking, and child prostitution charges, according to MSN News.
According to a press release issued by the FBI, the three day sweep, Operation Cross Country VII was the largest of seven similar sweeps conducted as part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost initiative. Conducted over the July 26, 27, and 28 weekend, more than 12,000 state and local law enforcement officers from more than 450 agencies in 76 cities nationwide cooperated to make the arrests, the report said.
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Reuters reports that the arrests were made at various motels, truck stops, and casinos in the 76 cities.
USA Today reported that this was the largest child prostitution sweep to date. Assistant director Ron Hosko of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division said that:
"Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America … This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable."
The saved children became involved in human trafficking and suffer forced prostitution, torture and other abuses after allegedly being lured “from foster care or broken homes,” the USA Today report stated. Many of the recovered children were as young as 13.
The FBI, Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have cooperated since 2003 to make the Innocence Lost initiative successful. To date, the initiative has recovered more than 2,700 children from similar situations, the FBI press release notes.
This is a developing story, and details will be added as they are made available.
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