Nationwide Sex-Trafficking Raids Rescue 52 Children, including 10 year-old

October 27, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Federal officials made a series of nationwide raids on child prostitution rings this past week, rescuing 52 children subjected to sexual slavery. The youngest victim rescued by authorities was just 10-years-old. The federal agents made raids in 36 cities, arresting nearly 700 people, including 60 suspected pimps.

About 1,600 F.B.I. agents took part in the sweeping raids, together with local law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Assistant Atty. Gen. Lanny A. Breuer said in a statement: “It is repugnant that children in these times could be subjected to the great pain, suffering and indignity of being forced into sexual slavery for someone else’s profit. He noted that the “the scourge of child prostitution still exists on the streets of our cities.”

The series of nationwide raids were dubbed, Operation Cross Country and is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, started in 2003 to crack down on child prostitution in the U.S. To date, the Innocent Lost program has made a substantial impact on child prostitution, but authorities say the practice is rising, because of the recession.

The initiative has rescued nearly 900 children, since it began in 2003, leading to the conviction of 510 pimps and the seizure of $3.1 million in assets,

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children there are an estimated 100,000 children still suffering at the hands of sex traffickers.

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