FBI rescues 168 children from sex trafficking

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The FBI says it is stepping up its crackdown of child sex trafficking operations in the U.S.

The agency just released the results of the latest in a series of nationwide stings intended to save children forced into prostitution and arrest those selling young girls and boys into sexual slavery.

FBI agents and local law enforcement surfed the internet and worked undercover to take down sex traffickers peddling children.

“These are not far away kids in far away lands; these are our kids on our street corners, our truck stops, our motels, our casinos. These are America’s children,” James Comey, Director of the FBI said.

This past week’s operation included 106 cities. Police rescued 168 children. They took 281 pimps and suspected pimps off the street across the country. Seven of those were here in Birmingham and Huntsville.

Many of the young adult women rescued during the week long operation had been forced into prostitution since they were children.

“They use fear, they use force, they treat children as commodities of sex that can be sold over and over again,” Leslie Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General, said.

This is the FBI’s eighth nationwide operation targeting child sex traffickers and those traffickers are increasingly using technology to lure young victims.

Throughout all eight operations, the FBI says it has recovered nearly 3600 children from lives of sexual exploitation.

The victims rescued in the stings will receive medical and psychological treatment before being placed in safe homes.

all eight operations, the FBI says it has recovered nearly 3600 children from lives of sexual exploitation.

The victims rescued in the stings will receive medical and psychological treatment before being placed in safe homes.

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