FBI Rescues 168 of “America’s Children” and Arrests 281 Pimps in Crackdown on Sex Trafficking

FBI Director James Comey, backed by law enforcement personnel and prosecutors, addresses a news conference Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the FBI Minneapolis field office in Brooklyn Center, Minn.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
FBI Director James Comey, backed by law enforcement personnel and prosecutors, addresses a news conference Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the FBI Minneapolis field office in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Nearly 170 victims of child sex trafficking, many of whom had never been reported missing, were rescued in the last week as part of an annual nationwide crackdown, the FBI said Monday.

Besides the 168 children rescued from the sex trade, 281 pimps were arrested during the same period on state and federal charges.

“These are not faraway kids in faraway lands,” FBI Director James Comey said in announcing the annual enforcement push known as Operation Cross Country. Instead, he added, “These are America’s children.”

This is the eighth such week long-operation, which this year unfolded in 106 cities. The FBI says nearly 3,600 children have so far been recovered from the streets.

“There is no more meaningful work that the FBI participates in than rescuing children,” Comey said.

He said one concerning trend is the increasing prevalence of children who are being prostituted online.

While announcing the results of the crackdown on Monday, the FBI released a video of Nicole, who was 17 when she was lured into a life of forced prostitution.

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SOURCE: CBS/AP

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