On Monday, Ron Hosko, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, announced that over the last three days, the FBI partnered with 230 law enforcement units from 76 cities in an undercover child prostitution sting that resulted in the arrest of 150 pimps. Calling the sting Operation Cross Country, Hosko said it was part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost national initiative, which is to find children who have been lured or forced into prostitution and remove them from risk. 105 children were rescued in the operation, ranging in ages from 13 – 17. All children were removed and relocated to “safe settings.”
The operation targeted venues where girls and adults are operated for commercial sex. That includes street tracks, truck stops, motels, casinos, internet sites, social media platforms, and the like.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the children rescued, as there is undoubtedly a long and difficult road ahead of them. You can watch the full press conference below, courtesy of CNN.