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FBI Rescue 105 Kids Forced Into Prostitution

More than 100 children rescued nationally, five in Texas

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    The FBI says it has rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States and arrested 150 people it described as pimps in a series of raids in 76 American cities, including North Texas.

    The campaign, known as "Operation Cross Country," was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI's "Innocence Lost" initiative.

    Local FBI bureaus in Dallas, Houston, El Paso and San Antonio all reported arrests and rescues -- though the arrests and rescues may not have taken place in the respective cities.

    The Dallas bureau recovered one juvenile and arrested one pimp.  Elsewhere in Texas, the FBI said two pimps were arrested by the El Paso bureau and that one juvenile was rescued and four pimps were arrested by the San Antonio bureau. The Houston bureau reported three juveniles were rescued.

    The assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigative division, Ron Hosko, said that child prostitution remains what he called a "persistent threat" to children across America.

    “Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America,” said Ron Hosko, 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.”

    The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.  The investigations have resulted in more than 1,350 convictions and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

    Task force operations typically begin as investigations by local law enforcement that target truck stops, casinos, street "tracks" and websites that advertise dating or escort services, the FBI said in a news release, and that initial arrests are often for violations of local laws regarding solicitation or prostitution.

    "Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states," the FBI said.

    The following list shows bureaus that reported arrests and rescues of juveniles between 13- and 16-years-old.

    FBI DivisionJuveniles RecoveredPimps Arrested
    Atlanta28
    Baltimore03
    Birmingham32
    Boston30
    Charlotte13
    Chicago21
    Cincinnati02
    Cleveland11
    Columbia11
    Dallas11
    Denver96
    Detroit1018
    El Paso02
    Houston30
    Jackson110
    Jacksonville01
    Kansas City11
    Knoxville07
    Las Vegas21
    Los Angeles23
    Louisville03
    Memphis32
    Miami04
    Milwaukee100
    Minneapolis14
    Newark05
    New Haven51
    New Orleans66
    New York City00
    Oklahoma City313
    Omaha01
    Philadelphia20
    Phoenix20
    Pittsburgh02
    Portland34
    Sacramento22
    St. Louis20
    Salt Lake City00
    San Antonio14
    San Diego56
    San Francisco1217
    Seattle33
    Springfield02
    Tampa30
    Washington, D.C.00
    Total105150