According to ABC news , authorities nabbed more than 500 suspects in a child prostitution sting and rescued forty-seven children as part of a three-day raid.
The FBI and police from twenty-nine cities rescued these children from seventy-three alleged pimps and more than 500 others who were exploiting them. A 12-year-old from Texas, a 10-year old from Ohio and a 14-year old from Michigan were found and rescued. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, organized crime is responsible for moving these kids from city to city. This has been a problem for many years and is happening on Main Street USA
Authorities targeted cities such as Alexandria, VA; Atlanta; Las Vegas; Miami; Dallas; Houston; Honolulu; Phoenix; and San Diego. Since 2003, the Justice Department and FBI have increased their focus on the child sex slave problem through a project known as the Innocence Lost National Initiative. The Initiative has developed 24 dedicated task forces and working groups throughout the U.S. involving federal, state and local law enforcement agencies working in tandem with U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
These dedicated groups have successfully rescued over 400 children and led to the conviction of more than 300 pimps, madams, and their associates who exploit children through prostitution. In addition, these convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences including multiple 25-year-to-life sentences and the seizure of real property, vehicles, and monetary assets.
Sad but true, the Justice Department estimates that as many as 300,000 U.S. children are engaged in prostitution, most of them runaways. If you have information contact the NCMEC hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or file a report through its CyberTipline.