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168 Kids Rescued, 281 Pimps Nabbed in Sex-Trafficking Crackdown

Congressional representatives testify at a Ways & Means Human Resources Subcommittee hearing on October 23, 2013 in support of a bill to address the high rate of children in foster care being recruited into sex trafficking.
Congressional representatives testify at a Ways & Means Human Resources Subcommittee hearing on October 23, 2013 in support of a bill to address the high rate of children in foster care being recruited into sex trafficking. (Photo courtesy Rep. Louise Slaughter under CC license).

(CBS News)—Nearly 170 victims of child sex trafficking, many of whom had never been reported missing, were rescued in the last week as part of an annual nationwide crackdown, the FBI said Monday.

Besides the 168 children rescued from the sex trade, 281 pimps were arrested during the same period on state and federal charges.

“These are not faraway kids in faraway lands,” FBI Director James Comey said in announcing the annual enforcement push known as Operation Cross Country. Instead, he added, “These are America’s children.”

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