US law enforcement rescues 69 children from prostitution
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US officials have rescued 69 child prostitutes following a massive three-day operation spanning dozens of US cities, federal law enforcement authorities said Monday.
In a 72-hour time span, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), working along state and local police, also arrested 885 people including nearly 100 alleged pimps, the US Justice Department said in a statement.
"Child prostitution continues to be a significant problem in our country, as evidenced by the number of children rescued through the continued efforts of our crimes against children task forces," said Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch.
"There is no work more important than protecting America's children and freeing them from the cycle of victimization," Henry said...........
Federal crackdown on child prostitution results in 884 arrests
By Michael Martinez, CNN
CNN) -- A three-day federal crackdown on child prostitution rings across the country has resulted in the recovery of 69 children and the arrest of 884 people, including 99 pimps, federal authorities said Monday.
Meanwhile, in Tennessee, authorities announced Monday they were arresting 29 individuals involved in gangs that trafficked underage Somali and African-America girls in a prostitution ring. The 29 people were connected to the Somali Outlaws, the Somali Mafia and the Lady Outlaws, officials said.
The three-day federal sweep, called Operation Cross Country V, involved 40 cities nationwide and is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, authorities said........