105 youngsters were rescued and 150 alleged pimps were arrested during a 3-day clean-up process across 76 cities by the FBI that has declared child prostitution a ‘persistent threat’ in America. The agency added that it had been monitoring several sites like Backpage.com that are the online marketplaces for sex sale. Young people rounded up were almost all girls of age between 13 and 17.
Operation Cross Country
Via the Operation Cross Country, the FBI said that it was trying to put the spotlight on the pimps and others who exploit youngsters. This program since 2003 has managed to rescue as many as 2700 children and has put at least 10 of the 1350 pimps investigated behind bars. $1.3 million worth of assets have also been seized during such raids.
In many of the rescues, investigators say that the victims cut across racial and economic borders and that social media is a common denominator.