3-day FBI prostitution sting targeting commercial child sex trafficking rounds up pimps, juveniles

OKLAHOMA CITY - A three-day FBI prostitution sting yielded the arrests of 150 pimps nationwide and the recovery of 105 children.

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to conduct Operation Cross Country VII, aimed at commercial child sex trafficking.

In Oklahoma City, 13 pimps were arrested -- the third most in any city taken into custody during this operation -- and three juveniles were recovered.

"Operation Cross Country demonstrates just how many of America's children are being sold for sex every day, many on the Internet," said John Ryan, CEO of NCMEC. "We're honored and proud to partner with the FBI, which has taken the lead in tackling this escalating problem."

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 2,700 children from the and 1,350 perpetrators have been convicted.

Typical targets of task force operations include truck stops, casinos, street "tracks" and websites advertising dating or escort services.

For more on the recent operation, visit http://1.usa.gov/18N6BF7 .

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