Sex-Trafficking Sweep Saves 3 Local Victims, Nets 150 Arrests

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle / AP) — Three juvenile victims were recovered and nine adults arrested last week in prostitution sweeps in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett area, according to the FBI.

Officers involved in Child Exploitation Task Forces questioned 55 adults engaged in prostitution as part of an enforcement action that was part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative.

Undercover agents and detectives who contacted young women offered them community services, such as job training, housing and counseling.

Nationally, authorities rescued 105 children and arrested 150 pimps and others in a campaign in 76 American cities, known as Operation Cross Country.

According to the FBI, 18 of the 150 suspects were arrested by agents based in Detroit; 17 by agents from San Francisco and 13 by Oklahoma City agents.

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