SPRINGFIELD- More than a hundred
children saved from prostitution rings across the United States in a
massive FBI sweep and more than 150 suspects have been arrested
nationwide for selling kids for sex. And two of those arrests are out
of the Springfield FBI office.
It's called "Operation Cross
Country." Aided by local law enforcement agencies, the FBI
swept 76 cities over 72 hours, making it the largest crackdown on
child prostitution in history.
Investigators say a large part of
their success is understanding the victims--who are children often
from broken homes or runaways who may have been victims of sexual
abuse. The teens range in age from 13 to 17 years in age.
There were no minors recovered out of
the Springfield office but two arrests of pimps.