FBI’s Operation Cross Country recovers 106 victims of sex trafficking
On Wednesday, May 7 we honored law enforcement from across the U.S. for their work to protect children. Check out all the case summaries on our blog.
Between July 25-28, 2013 the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Section operated a 24-hour command post in support of Operation Cross Country VII. The command post was established to coordinate intelligence and operations with the 76 cities and 47 FBI Field Offices that participated in OCC VII, the largest iteration to date. The command post coordination efforts effectively led to the successful identification, location and recovery of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation through prostitution, as well as the identification and disruption of the criminal enterprises responsible for their exploitation.
Due to the collaborative efforts between agencies, OCC VII resulted in the recovery of 106 child victims of sex trafficking and the arrest of 151 individuals suspected of being responsible for their exploitation. Additionally, 28 search warrants were executed and 101 child exploitation criminal enterprises were disrupted, representing a 32 percent increase in child recoveries and a 43 percent increase in pimp arrests as compared to OCC VI.
Congratulate the FBI.