FBI & Police Rescue Child Prostitutes Around US

More than 45 suspected teenage prostitutes have been rescued in a nationwide sweep to remove kids from the illegal sex trade.

Federal agents working with local police also arrested more than 50 alleged pimps during the three-night initiative called Operation Cross Country. It's part of a broader federal program to crack down on the sexual exploitation of children.

Some of the teenage prostitutes taken off the streets were as young as 13.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Daniel Roberts says they consider the teenagers "the child victims of prostitution." He says many are runaways with no family support and no friends.

Agents in cities from Miami to Chicago to Anchorage, Alaska took part in the operation.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 24, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    Buzz...I know EXACTLY what you mean about posts not getting posted! ha ha Starts to get frustrating once you THOUGHT you were getting a point across to some people.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 24, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    Do you think that this terrible economy is leading to this? I do.
  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on Feb 23, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    to: Wise-1 I didn't think that anyone would have to use thier imagination when I used the term "WATTS" as is electrical current. I was just trying to play the moderates grid. Since they often delete my posts when I'm really angry, (which in the long run is a good thing). And prostitution is NOT a victomless crime. nto enuf room here to elaborate. Buzz-
  • by The Dumb One Location: nc on Feb 23, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    The Wise One Location: NC...You should reconsider your name..Buzz is referring to electrocution of the sexual offenders."WATTS" is a measurement of electricity.
  • by thenextneo on Feb 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    Honestly this is a good step but at the same time they need to refocus on their media involvment. The less that they put in the media and up to the news the better because as soon as its on the news people will move to new tactics so they can avoid the cops looking for them or lie low until they stop looking as hard. Not only that, the fact that some of these girls are doing this by will gives me pause to think who is really responsible? Why are the parents not being held accountable for their dchildrens actions? So why dont we see 45 suspected teenagers arrested? Unless they were forced to have sex, then they were not victims and having sex is a victimless crime i our society.
  • by Mary Location: NC on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    I am happy they have some of them off the streets. What bothers me is the adults who would pay money for them. They are the ones that should be off the streets, kept from breathing air, drinking water, and seeing daylight. I hope they can get them all.
  • by Teen Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    I am glad that some one is doing something to get these girls off the street. Great job cops!
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    I am a concerned parent. You must talk with your children about this issue. Please DO NOT assume "not my child" or this only happens in larger cities.To all viewing police department, research and prepare for this problem because it's in all our back yards.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    Buzz, it may not be wise to leave it to people's imagination. What would you do? Go see if you can make some money? You can't become offended when you offer someone to use his imagination. By the way, good job cops!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    So how many of these teenagers are going to say "Thank you for rescuing me. It was just so horrible making a $1,000 per night. Now I can get a real job at McDonald's and pay taxes."
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