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Cross-country FBI operation finds three sex trafficking victims

During two weeks in August, Operation Cross Country helped determine and find 84 minors who had been victims of sex trafficking nationwide.

HOUSTON — The FBI, together with state and native authorities throughout the nation, rescued practically 100 minor victims of sex trafficking throughout a two-week operation in August.

Operation Cross Country is a nationwide initiative “focused on identifying and locating victims of sex trafficking and investigating and arresting individuals and criminal enterprises involved in both child sex trafficking and human trafficking,” the FBI mentioned.

According to the FBI, three youngsters had been discovered within the Houston space. No different particulars had been launched in regards to the circumstances.

By the numbers

  • 84 victims of kid sex trafficking and youngster exploitation offenses discovered
  • 37 actively lacking youngsters discovered
  • 141 grownup victims of human trafficking discovered
  • 85 suspects had been arrested for youngster sexual exploitation and human trafficking offenses
  • 15.5 years outdated was the common age of victims discovered
  • 11 years outdated was the youngest sufferer discovered

“The Justice Department is committed to doing everything in our power to combat the insidious crimes of human trafficking that devastate survivors and their families,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland mentioned. “I am grateful to the dedicated professionals of the FBI and our law enforcement partners across the country for their tireless work to rescue trafficking survivors, including exploited children, to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of trafficking crimes, and to provide the services and support that survivors need and deserve.”

During the two-week interval, the FBI labored with greater than 200 state, native and federal companions, in addition to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to “arrest traffickers, identify and help victims, and raise awareness of the exploitation of our most vulnerable populations,” FBI Director Christopher Wray mentioned.

The FBI mentioned 391 particular person operations had been carried out over the 14-day span.

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