WASHINGTON (November 8, 2010)--The FBI said Monday it has found 69 child prostitutes across the country during a three-day crackdown on the sexual exploitation of children.
Federal, state and local authorities in 40 cities also arrested 884 people, including 99 suspected pimps, on a variety of charges.
The children were rescued during Operation Cross Country V, a roundup targeting child traffickers and pimps.
The FBI is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to identify the children.
The child victims were removed from prostitution while the adults face a variety of state and local charges.
“Child prostitution continues to be a significant problem in our country, as evidenced by the number of children rescued through the continued efforts of our crimes against children task forces,” said Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch.
“There is no work more important than protecting America’s children and freeing them from the cycle of victimization. Through our strategic partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies, we are able to make a difference.”