This latest round of Operation Cross-Country led to the capture of over 150 pimps and sex-slavers. The estimated totals from all seven of these operations include over 2,700 child sex slaves liberated and over 1,350 convictions of child-exploiting sex slavers.
From the FBI's press release:
The operation included enforcement actions in 76 cities across 47 FBI divisions nationwide and led to the recovery of more than 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 159 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.
Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and NCMEC, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.
“Operation Cross Country demonstrates just how many of America’s children are being sold for sex every day, many on the Internet,” said John Ryan, CEO of NCMEC. “We’re honored and proud to partner with the FBI, which has taken the lead in tackling this escalating problem.”
Human trafficking and sex slavery are problems in the USA. Mostly this is because too many people turn a blind eye to the problems.
Too many people assume that the sex slaves are comprised of mostly illegal immigrants or drug addicts.
Too many people assume that children are not trafficked out of the country, thinking that the stuff of movies such as "Spartan" and "Taken".
Yet women such as the three that Ariel Castro abducted (as minors) and kept as sex slaves don't bring as much attention to the issue. Sure, this case has media attention. So did the Elisabeth Smart case. But those are but two in thousands.
Up to 80% of runaway or missing children who are not abducted as part of a parental custody dispute are potentially victims of sex slavery. This is why, if there is not body, parents need to keep looking.
Minor boys and girls are sold as slaves or used as prostitutes in the US. They are duped or abducted, indoctrinated, abused, and often forced to take highly addictive substances to help enslave them.
Some are taken outside of the US. They are treated the same or worse. Once out of the local area, the chances of catching the slavers greatly decreases. Once outside of the country, the chances of catching them approaches zero.
The problem isn't just a European problem. It isn't just in Asia. The Middle East is not the only place engaging in "white" ("brown", "black", "green", "red" or "orange) slavery. Mexico and South America aren't the only danger areas in the Western Hemisphere. It's right here at home.