operation cross country
The sweep netted 149 youth involved in the sex trade. It also led to arrests of 150 "pimps as well as other individuals." Rescuing "commercially sexually exploited youth" and catching their "exploiters" sounds like a great thing, right? Actually, it's a bit more complicated.
The FBI and local authorities arrested 150 pimps and johns and rescued 149 sexually exploited children in a nationwide sweep last week, dubbed Operation Cross Country.
Child sex trafficking is a nationwide problem, and this sting is only the tip of the iceberg.
Look -- we get that you're under time pressure and for last minute news overviews, it's easier to just cut and paste from press releases. But if repeated research and in-depth features indicate that the press release is not a complete or accurate description of what happened, this becomes dishonest reporting.
So, what about the persons who did think the children were for sale, and purchased them? The politely termed "Johns" who purchased children for sex? Shouldn't the FBI "crush" them too?
So let me get this straight, FBI. You have your full federal arsenal available, along with 76 cities' law-enforcement agencies working together to gather up as many bad guys as possible, and you rope in approximately 159 "pimps." Is this all you have to show for your nation-wide efforts?
Holly Smith, a child trafficking survivor joins HuffPost Live to talk about how she was abducted and forced into prostitution as a child.
The FBI has rescued 105 child sex-trafficking victims, FBI Assistant Director Ronald Hosko announced Monday.