– Law enforcement authorities rescued 105 children and arrested 150 pimps and other people in the largest child sex-trafficking crackdown in US history, the FBI said.
Authorities used social media websites and classified advertisements as they set up the sweep, according to Ron Hosko, an assistant director for the FBI. The three-day operation covered 76 cities and included 230 federal, state and local law enforcement groups, he said.
“Sex-trafficking among children remains one of the most prevalent, violent and unconscionable crimes in this country,” Mr Hosko said.
“Those who exploit children should know that we, this team, will continue to seek them out and to bring them to justice. We are trying to take this crime out of the shadows and put a spotlight on it.”
Previous operations have targeted major sporting events, such as the NFL’s Super Bowl and the NCAA’s Final Four basketball tournament. Multiple children have been recovered from those events in the past, Mr Hosko said.
“We see a gathering of people with excess money and interested in the festivities and frolic that go around high-profile sporting events, and this seems to be a part of that,” Mr Hosko.
The operation was the seventh of its kind as federal and state law enforcement authorities have increased their focus on child sex-trafficking in recent years, and it included seizures of drugs, money, cars and guns worth about $US165,000 ($180,000). The youngest child recovered was 13, Mr Hosko said.
The July 26th-28th operation, known as “Cross Country”, was undertaken as part of the FBI’s “Innocence Lost” initiative. Since 2003, that effort had resulted in the recovery of more than 2700 children, the FBI said.
Drew Oosterbaan, the chief of the US Justice Department’s child exploitation and obscenity section, said a range of laws were being used to prosecute the individuals arrested.
Over the course of the initiative, authorities had obtained more than 1350 convictions, the FBI said.
The rescued juveniles, meanwhile, face a hard road of recovery from what officials say can be a common history of sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Nearly all of the prostitutes rescued this past weekend were female. “This is a particularly vulnerable population,” Mr Oosterbaan said.
Many of the teenagers caught up on the sex trade come from broken homes, officials say.
Mr Hosko said the pimps may recruit their prey relatively gently, using compliments and rewards, but then will use violence and drugs to keep the juveniles in line.
Apart from sporting events, customers are often found through online advertising. While popular US classified website Craigslist doesn’t include “escorts” listings, rival Backpage still does – Phil Mattingly




About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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