3 kids rescued in Seattle in FBI prostitution raids

3 kids rescued in Seattle in FBI prostitution raids

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3 kids rescued in Seattle in FBI prostitution raids

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON  -- The FBI says it has rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States and arrested 150 people it described as pimps and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities.

Three of the children were recovered in the Seattle area and three pimps were arrested.

The campaign, known as "Operation Cross Country," was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI's "Innocence Lost" initiative. The assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigative division, Ron Hosko, said that child prostitution remains what he called a "persistent threat" to children across America.

The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.

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