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FBI raid rescues 105 kids from sex traffickers

In its largest crackdown on child prostitution to date, the FBI on Monday announced to have arrested 150 people and rescued 105 children from different parts of the country. The nationwide operation over the weekend, authorities said, took investigators to race tracks and truck stops and target the use of social media sites for child prostitution activity, CNN reported.

Overall, the three-day undercover roundup Operation Cross Country took place in 76 cities and involved 230 law enforcement units, FBI said.  In a news conference, the agency said authorities arrested 150 pimps during the raids.

‘Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America. This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable,’ said Ron Hosko, FBI criminal investigative division assistant director.

The pimps preyed particularly on troubled children low in self-esteem and little social support, authorities said. a
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