More than 100 missing and exploited teenagers have been found and recovered by the FBI, the agency announced Monday.
During a nationwide sweep over the past 72 hours in conjunction with local law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 105 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 were rescued from child and sex trafficking. In addition, the agencies made 150 arrests of pimps nationwide.
Dubbed Operation Cross Country VII, the sweeps, rescues and arrests were made in 76 cities across the country. None of the rescues or arrests took place in the Washington area, but three pimps were arrested in Baltimore.
"This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere, and the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization, FBI Criminal Investigative Division assistant director Ron Hosko said.
Rescues and arrests took place at numerous locations, including truck stops, casinos and on the street. Many were also found online on sites dedicated to dating or escort services.
Among the cities where the most children were rescued are Detroit (10), Milwaukee (10), New Orleans (6) and San Francisco (12). 17 pimps were also arrested in San Francisco, while 13 more were taken into custody in Oklahoma City and 18 in Detroit.