The FBI in alliance with law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) launched Operation Cross Country – a three-day operation in 76 cities across America, resulting in the rescue of 105 underage sex trafficking victims, and the arrests of over 150 charged with perpetrating their commercial sexual exploitation. Operation Cross Country was the largest enforcement action implemented in the county so far.
Operation Cross Country was part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, which has resulted in the identification and recovery of over 2,700 children who have been sexually exploited since the national initiative’s conception in 2003.
“Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America,” said Ron Josko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere, and the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable.”
To learn more about Operation Cross Country and the Innocence Lost National Initiative, click here.