FBI, Cops Rescue 79 Teens, Charge 104 as Pimps in Latest Sweep


Continuing its Innocence Lost National Initiative, the FBI says agents and local police rescued 79 teenagers and arrested 104 alleged pimps during a three-day sweep against child sex trafficking in 57 U.S. cities, reports USA Today. The juveniles — 77 girls and two boys between the ages of 13 and 17 — had been held against their will and were forced into prostitution after their captors allegedly threatened to harm them and their families.

The teens were found at hotels, truck stops, casinos and storefronts, Reuters reported. One girl said she had been prostituted since she was 11. The crackdown, from last Wednesday to Saturday, is the sixth since 2008.

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