LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Hundreds of children have been rescued as part of a nationwide sex trafficking sting that resulted in 150 arrests, federal investigators said Monday.
Nearly 50 FBI divisions worldwide took part in “Operation Cross Country,” a three-day enforcement action in 76 cities – including Los Angeles and San Diego – focusing on underage victims of prostitution, according to FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller.
Three pimps were arrested and two juveniles were recovered in Los Angeles, while authorities in San Diego arrested six and recovered five minors during the operation, which typically begins with local enforcement actions that target truck stops, casinos, street “tracks,” and websites that advertise dating or escort services, according to the FBI.
KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar reports that the Los Angeles office of the FBI expects to arrest at least three more pimps and rescue two more children in the coming days.
The operation – which was the FBI’s seventh and largest such enforcement action to date – was carried out as part of the Bureau’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, and was conducted in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, Eimiller told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO.