FBI announces rescue of 105 child prostitution victims nationwide through Operation Cross Country

Washington DC -- In a major crackdown on child exploitation, the FBI announced Monday that 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution have been rescued nationwide through Operation Cross Country. Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

The ages of the children involved ranged from 13 to 17.

Authorities said the operation, which took investigators to race tracks and truck stops, also targeted the use of social media sites for child prostitution activity.

The roundup took place in 76 cities and involved 230 law enforcement units, including the Minneapolis division of the FBI, according to authorities.

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 2,700 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 1,350 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 10 life terms and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

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