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FBI rescues 79 underage victims of sex trafficking,

For nine years the FBI and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have partnered on what’s called the Innocence Lost National Initiative, during which law-enforcement agents combing truck stops and websites for kids working sex trade have “recovered” (their word) some 2,200 children. To that total add another 79, per today’s announcement — six of whom were in Dallas.Katherine Chaumont, the local FBI spokesperson, says all those rescued were under the age of 18. She also adds that 36 people were arrested in conjunction with Operation Cross Country VI — none of whom were pimps, but “people related to criminal activity with the exploited children,” she says. One-hundred and four pimps were arrested nationwide.

Chaumont doesn’t have specifics yet on where or how the children were found, or who was arrested as part of the operation. But, per the feds:

Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested often uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further develop this information in partnership with U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and file federal charges where appropriate.

Chaumont also notes: Dallas has been part of Operation Cross Country since its inception in ’03 and that the FBI “has increased the number of people on the task force” in recent years.

Source: www.dallasnews.com