Monday, August 5, 2013

105 Children Liberated from the Sex Trafficking Industry in the United States

English: Photograph of an FBI agent leading aw...
English: Photograph of an FBI agent leading away an adult suspect arrested in the "Operation Cross Country . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
105 Children Liberated! 

The FBI conducted a nationwide swoop within the sex trafficking industry and liberated 105 teen age girls who range in age from 13 to 17 from being enslaved by pimps. 150 arrests were made during the operation.

Operation Cross Country is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative. This program focuses on identifying children who have been lured or forced into prostitution.

This nationwide bust was revealed to the public on July 30th and took place in 76 American cities and involved 230 different law enforcement agencies according to Ron Hosko an assistant director for the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.

Operation Cross Country also netted cash, drugs and firearms during the bust. The Bay Area and Detroit had the most arrests during this operation. Ironically New York City had no arrests which was surprising since it is a city that hosts all types of major events that attract pimps and johns.

This bust included women as well as men who were responsible for trafficking girls. 

Enslavement of young girls continues to be a problem within the United States. Young girls and boys fall victims to adults who want to use them to make money.

If you are unaware of how girls are lured into sex trafficking there is an online film that you should take the time to view. The title of the film is Very Young Girls.  I will advise you now that this film is not work friendly due to the language and scenes in which violence is depicted.  You can link to the film here.

Here are links to information and organizations that work to end enslavement of children in the sex trafficking industry.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-800-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733)

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

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