The FBI announced today that, along with local law enforcement agencies, 48 children who were forced into prostitution were recovered during a national sweep dubbed Operation Cross Country III.
In addition to recovering the children, agents and cops in 29 cities arrested 571 suspects on a combination of state and federal charges for the domestic trafficking of children for prostitution and solicitation.“We continue to pursue those who exploit our nation's children,” said FBI Director Robert Mueller.
“We may not be able to return their innocence but we can remove them from this cycle of abuse and violence.”
Since the Innocence Lost National Initiative was launched in 2003 670 children have been recovered across the United States. Prosecutions have resulted in lengthy prison terms including multiple 25-years-to-life sentences and the seizure of more than $3 million in assets.
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