Thursday, August 1, 2013
A year-long FBI sting it called Operation Cross Country ended last weekend with the rescue of 106 children and arrest of 159 adults/pimps.
Sex trafficking as an event where a “commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.” The average age of girls who enter the U.S. sex trafficking industry is 12 to 14, with girls as young as five years old controlled by pimps and forced to perform sexual acts. President Obama has made ending human trafficking a top priority of his administration, calling it a form of “modern slavery” that “ought to concern every person because it’s a debasement of our common humanity.”
The sting came as close as Columbia where one child, 16, was rescued and one pimp arrested. Other near rescues include Charlotte – one child/three pimps – and Atlanta – two children/17 pimps.
The sting was the seventh such operation as part of the Innocence Lost national initiative that over since it began in 2003 has rescued more than 2,700 children from the horrors of the sex trade, some as young as five. The age range for last weekend’s sweep ranged between 13 and 17.