Children Targeted in America
America’s children target of child prostitution – sex trafficking, the Operation Cross Country Nationwide sweep recovers child victims of prostitution. Child prostitution and sex trafficking do not just occur somewhere else on the other side of the world, these insidious crimes occur in American cities, with the victims being our American children. In the continuing effort to address the national problem of child sex trafficking, the FBI and its partners announced on 6/25/2012 the results of a three-day law enforcement action in which 79 child victims of prostitution were recovered and more than 100 pimps were arrested.
Bureau’s Innocence Lost National Initiative
Operation Cross Country VI, part of the Bureau’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, was conducted over a 72 hours period in 57 cities around the country with the help of state and local law enforcement and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
“Child prostitution remains a major threat to children across America,” said Kevin Perkins, acting executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “It is a violent and deplorable crime, and we are working with our partners to disrupt and put behind bars individuals and members of criminal enterprises who would sexually exploit children.”
Innocence Lost National Initiative
The Innocence Lost National Initiative was launched in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division in partnership with NCMEC and the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.
Innocence Lost Task Forces
To date, 47 Innocence Lost Task Forces with working groups have recovered more than 2,200 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 1,017 convictions of pimps, madams, and their associates who exploit children through prostitution have resulted in lengthy sentences, including multiple sentences of 25 years to life in prison, and the seizure of more than $3 million in assets.
Federal Law Enforcement Officers
The FBI, expressed gratitude to the more than 8,500 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers representing 414 separate agencies who participated in the most recent Operation Cross Country and ongoing enforcement efforts in fighting domestic sex trafficking.
For more information on Operation Cross Country and the Innocence Lost National Initiative, visit:
FBI Web site https://www.fbi.gov
Hope For Children Foundation thanks the FBI and its partners for risking their lives to protect our nation’s most vulnerable, our precious children. You really care!
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