The F.B.I. posted a press release yesterday, announcing great success with a weekend long operation aimed at rescuing child prostitutes.
The operation, called Operation Cross Country III succeeded in rescuing 48 children who had been enslaved in forced prostitution rings. In addition, over 550 people were arrested on state and federal charges of domestic child trafficking.
Twenty-nine cities, from California to Maine, participated in the operation.
The operation was part of a larger nationwide initiative called Innocence Lost, which aims to combine the efforts of federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and social service providers to address the growing problem of forced child prostitution. Since its inception in the Spring of 2003, Innocence Lost has recovered over 630 children who may otherwise have endured the daily abuse of forced prostitution for the rest of their lives.
These stories often come as a shock to people who think forced prostitution, slavery and trafficking don't happen on U.S. soil anymore. Though the problem isn't as prevalent in America as in other countries, it remains a problem here none-the-less.
Read the FBI's press release
See the list of cities involved in the operation