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The FBI rescued 168 children in a sex trade sting and arrested 281 pimps in the past week, the bureau said Monday.
The FBI revealed that they conducted Operation Cross Country VIII, a week-long enforcement action that addressed child sex trafficking throughout the country.
The operation included 106 cities and across 54 FBI division fields nationwide. They managed to recover 168 kids victimized in prostitution and arrested 281 pimps on federal charges.
TheCelebrityCafe.com noted that the federal agency has rescued nearly 3,600 children through eight total operations since 2008. Along with the children being rescued, Operation Cross Country also made 1,450 convictions and a seizure of over $3 million in assets.
According to The Washington Times, nearly 10 percent of the rescued children were lost in the child welfare system as stated by the officials. John Ryan, the president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children announced that one in seven missing U.S kids are bought into sex trade and two-thirds of them belong to the child welfare system.
Out of over 600,000 missing children last year, 40 percent were under 18 according to the FBI database.
As revealed by the law enforcement officials, the pimps will be prosecuted to the law's fullest extent.