Skip to comments.FBI: Nationwide child prostitution sweep leads to 104 arrests, 79 children rescued
Posted on 06/26/2012 3:09:41 PM PDT by Libloather
FBI: Nationwide child prostitution sweep leads to 104 arrests, 79 children rescued
By Carol Cratty, CNN
June 26, 2012 -- Updated 1457 GMT (2257 HKT)
Washington (CNN) -- During a three-day law enforcement sweep targeting the problem of teenage prostitution, officers rescued 79 children and arrested 104 alleged pimps, the FBI announced Monday.
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Operation Cross Country 6 took place from Friday though Sunday with more than 2,500 state, local and federal officers working in 57 cities.
FBI Acting Executive Assistant Director Kevin Perkins said the children law enforcement freed from their handlers ranged from 13 to 17 years old with one girl saying she had gotten involved in prostitution when she was 11.
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"Many times the children that are taken in in these types of criminal activities are children that are dissaffected, they are from broken homes, they may be on the street themselves -- they are really looking for a meal, they are looking for shelter, they are looking for someone to take care of them, and that's really the first approach that's made," said Perkins.
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Sounds like a capital offense to me.
Anyone who exploits a child for sex should have their head placed high on a pike so that others would get the message.
If sex is work, she may not be doing it right ...
I've heard this before but I do not believe that there are 100000+ kids lined up whoring in the streets or brothels.
to wit this was a fairly large operation - took place from Friday though Sunday with more than 2,500 state, local and federal officers working in 57 cities spanning many states.
So after 2,500 officers fanned out to 57 cites, they found 79 kids?
With that level of manpower they should be falling over them in droves - 79?
Use the Mann Act & the Lindburg Act on the Perps.
I know that’s an old joke, but considering the ages of the kids it was in very poor taste.
If one child is lured into prostitution it's a big problem, but this smells like a bull-s**t statistic to me. 100,000 kids each year? Really? 44,000 people graduate from American law school each year. So if this stat were true, you'd be more than twice as likely to run into a current or former child prostitute than a JD.
Uh.... sure. Color me skeptical.
Didn't realize the topic was child abuse (though the word "minor" on the sign probably should have been a clue).
How many of those aressted are democrats?
Is that a hole in her nylons/pantyhose at the right knee? Figures.
The arrested pimps should get a mandatory death penalty when minors are involved. Yeah, I know it sounds a little harsh.
Note that the report doesn't say they become full-time prostitutes. I've seen reports to the effect that approximately 90% of runaway teenage girls commit at least one act of prostitution.
As long as you start thinking of adding in those runaways - boys and girls - who give sex for food, shelter, or bus money, I can see how the 100,000 figure is realistic.
"An estimated 1.6 million children run away from home each year in the United States. The average time it takes before a trafficker or a solicitor approaches a runaway is only 48 hours."
“I’ve heard this before but I do not believe that there are 100000+ kids lined up whoring in the streets or brothels.”
If you count 16 and 17 year old kids, that’s probably low.
“How many of those arrested are democrats?”
Probably the vast majority.
This is clearly another right-wing attempt at voter suppression.
Thought it was probably a smashed-up kneecap — and a scarf hiding an Adam’s Apple...
And I know you're not saying that "it doesn't count" (?) if a 12 yr old "only does it once or twice". Are you?
No. I was responding to those saying "100,000 isn't believable." I was trying to point out that 100,000 doesn't mean that 100,000 teens set up in brothels or walked the street each year.
Those kids who did it once for a thrill (or a $500 purse) and those runaways who did it once or twice are among the 100,000. It counts.