Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Operation Cross Country" against Sex Trafficking: FBI targets pimps, rescues 168 children

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, June 24) - Reported by madn3wz

In an annual nationwide crackdown dubbed as "Operation Cross Country" 168 children were rescued after the joint operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),  state, and local law enforcement agencies, the FBI announced Monday.

FBI Director James Comey Reveals Outcomes of  "Operation Cross Country" 

More than 280 pimps were also nabbed during the crackdown carried over in 106 cities. More than two dozen children were rescued and 38 pimps arrested in California alone. The pimps face state and federal charges.

Many of rescued children had never been reported missing, the FBI report revealed.

"These are not faraway kids in faraway lands," FBI Director James Comey said in announcing the annual enforcement push known as Operation Cross Country. Instead, he added, "These are America's children."

FBI's report reveal that the child sex traffickers "use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex."

“Targeting and harming America’s children through commercial sex trafficking is a heinous crime, with serious consequences,” Comey said further. “Every child deserves to be safe and sound. Through targeted measures like Operation Cross Country, we can end the cycle of victimization.”

It was the 8th annual operation of it's type in which law enforcement agencies along side Feds targeted areas like truck stops, casinos, websites that advertise escort services and even some streets. From there, intelligence is collected and arrests often unfold systematized efforts to prostitute and exploit women and children.

The FBI says nearly 3,600 children have so far been recovered from the streets in such operations over the years the operations have resulted in over 1,450 felony convictions and confiscation of close to $3.1 million in property and cash.


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