FBI rescues 168 trafficked children in nationwide sweep
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 00:59
FBI director James Comey announces that 168 children have been rescued and 281 pimps locked up in a crackdown on sex trafficking. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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The FBI announced on Monday (June 23) that 168 children have been recovered in a nationwide crackdown on commercial sex trafficking.
FBI Director James Comey also said that 281 pimps had been taken into custody.
"I want to say a brief word about what we mean by 'pimp'," he said at a news conference in Washington, D.C. "I worry there's a risk that people will imagine these folks as some TV characters. They are not. They are people who are killing the souls of our children."
The week-long operation encompassed 106 cities across the U.S., as well as around 400 law enforcement agencies.
Investigators targeted several sites, including truck stops, casinos and dating websites.
This is the eighth time the FBI's so-called Operation Cross Country has gone into action.
"The lesson of Operation Cross Country is that our children are not for sale, that we will respond and crush these pimps who would crush these children," said Comey.
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