In a massive nationwide sweep with raids in 76 cities, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have rescued 105 underage sex workers and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day operation dubbed Operation Cross Country 7.
Here’s what you should know.
1. The Operation Saved 105 Children From Sex Slavery
The video above, released on the FBI’s YouTube channel, shows gritty footage of the operation in action.
5. 2,700 U.S. Child Sex Workers Have Been Rescued Since 2003
According to the info page for the FBI’s Innocence Lost Initiative, a collaboration with the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, more than 2,700 children have been rescued by the collaboration since 2003, with more than 1,300 pimps and other criminals convicted.
Operation Cross Country 6, for example, rescued 79 children.