105 kids rescued from prostitution rings; 159 arrested


The 76-city sweep, conducted in the past three days, represents the largest such law enforcement action focused on children forced into sexual slavery, federal authorities said.

Assistant FBI Director Ron Hosko, head of the bureau's criminal division, said the children ranged from 13 to 17 years old. The youngest of the victims was allegedly being offered up by her father, who

also was allegedly involved in videotaping his daughter's sexual encounters.

"We have victims whose new normal is sexual abuse,'' Hosko said. "We are trying to take this crime out of the shadows and put a spotlight on it.''

In operations involving 230 separate law enforcement agencies, authorities either made arrests or child recoveries from Atlanta to Los Angeles. The weekend action, called Operation Cross Country,

also is the latest in a national campaign that has helped recover 2,700 children since 2005.

Hosko said the children, generally recruited from foster care or group homes, were being offered up on Internet sites, at truck stops, casinos and street corners.

In addition to at least one parent, the alleged pimps included individuals acting alone and some with affiliations to organized crime. In many cases, Hosko said, the children "don't see any avenues of

escape'' from their handlers.

John Ryan, president and chief executive officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, called the criminal activity "an escalating threat against America's children.''

Ryan said the law enforcement action "is saving lives.''

The largest number of children -- 12 -- were recovered in San Francisco during the weekend sweep. The most alleged pimps --18 -- were arrested in Detroit.

In the Detroit area, where 10 children were recovered, a 17-year-old girl was rescued Saturday night from an Econolodge Hotel, where she was being held against her will and beaten. Police said a

separate prostitution arrest yielded information that led police to the hotel.

In Flint, Mich., a 911 call led police to a home where they rescued two 17-year-old girls who were being assaulted and forced into prostitution. Genessee County sheriff's deputies responded and rushed

the girls out of the home. A suspect, whose identity has not yet been released, was arrested.

Criminal charges are expected to be brought both in the state and federal courts and will involve a variety of offenses, including human trafficking and coercion.

"Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America," Hosko said. "This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains

committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable."

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DirkH site profile image  

7/30/13 4:07 PM by DirkH

Caveman,"A 30 year old allegation ...does not equate to a widespread phenomena of ... sex slavery."Correct. In the case that FacetoFace just cited ads to our argument (that most of this sex slavery is bullshit).Taken from the article he just cited"There were suggestions of child abuse, Satanism, dealing in pornography and ritualistic animal slaughter.None of the allegations was ever proved, however. The child abuse charges against the two men in Tallahassee were dropped;"In other words this case was a non case.Guys, quit worrying about your daughters being abducted. They wont be.You should be worried about her behavior though, because when you report her running away, skipping school, stealing, and using drugs they will arrest her.....and you will suddenly find that you have been raping and abusing her for years, and the cops will let her go back to her 42 yo felon boyfriend and will be hiring a lawyer to keep your ass out of jail.

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7/30/13 3:16 PM by CavemanDave

  A 30 year old allegation of sexual child abuse in Florida does not equate to a widespread phenomena of black market sex slavery.   Also, I'm not sure how folks misunderstood this but I'm not implying that we should let prostitutes below the age of consent continue being prostitutes, regardless of if they are coerced or not. I'm not saying their aren't cases of rape, kidnapping, child abduction, rape camps in war torn areas, hookers being mistreated because they are either criminals/illegals, crazy fuckers keeping their family locked in a basement and raping them, etc.  I'm not even saying there aren't very rare instances of sexual slavery, what I'm saying is that there isn't some widespread black market of sex slaves across the world.   Also, if you are concerned about girls under the age of consent being exploited, I'd point out the best way to isolate and deal with this problem would be to legalize prostitution in as many places as possible.  The number of legit businesses that are going to risk their very lucrative stake by employing children would be tiny indeed...and policing efforts could be focused on dealing with the cases of underage exploitation that would now be considerably more visible and easier to target. Unfortunately, just the opposite is occuring.  The fictional narrative of unscrupulous underworld sex slavers kidnapping women around the globe and forcing them into prositution has just been yet another reason to keep prostitution illegal and force the entire global industry further undergound.   Our weird view of prostitution is now so bent that there are several European countries where there's a push to make the act of purchasing the services of a prostitute a hefty crime, but making the act of sellling prositution services immune from prosecution.  This is the only example of an individual transaction I can think of that we look at the buyer as an evil underhanded exploiter, and the seller as a victim of of the buyer.  It's crazy, none of the laws ensuring prostitution remain illegal make any real sense,  and they are helping make the world a shittier place to live in.

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7/30/13 3:15 PM by 12SixElbow

most alleged pimps --18 -- were arrested in Detroit.   HAHAHAHA

S_A_M site profile image  

7/30/13 3:11 PM by S_A_M

Some dude in mid missouri where im from thought he was paying a mom he met on the internet to bang her daughter. It was actually the cops setting him up. I guess he had a bunch of photos on his phone of him doing it with other young girls.Shit is fucked up. Fuck that guy and anyone else involved.

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7/30/13 2:52 PM by Daredevil73

WellThat was weird.

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7/30/13 2:42 PM by FaceToFace

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/931227/archive_016338.htm "In early February 1987, an anonymous tipster in Tallahassee, Fla., made a phone call to police. Two "well-dressed men" seemed to be "supervising" six disheveled and hungry children in a local park, the caller said. The cops went after the case like bloodhounds--at least at first. The two men were identified as members of the Finders. They were charged with child abuse in Florida. In Washington, D.C., police and U.S. Customs Service agents raided a duplex apartment building and a warehouse connected to the group. Among the evidence seized: detailed instructions on obtaining children for unknown purposes and several photographs of nude children. According to a Customs Service memorandum obtained by U.S. News, one photo appeared "to accent the child's genitals." The more the police learned about the Finders, the more bizarre they seemed: There were suggestions of child abuse, Satanism, dealing in pornography and ritualistic animal slaughter..."

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7/30/13 2:41 PM by NonIntervention

I wonder where we can find the names of the 159 charged. I'm guessing nowhere because releasing Lamont, and Tyrone's names is racist.

DirkH site profile image  

7/30/13 2:21 PM by DirkH

It's odd that I get accused of making a lot of assumptions, from people who's entire case is comprised of assumptions.In the case we are talking about, 105 girls rescued, please keep watching the news. If a single pimp is even charged with threatening harm to the girls family, I will publicly admit to being a fool.But so far, that's not what anyone is charged with. You can assume it's the case, but you are just guessing. Guys' like to assume that women are blameless. The problem is that this leaves to white knight syndrome in completely inappropriate cases.

Daredevil73 site profile image  

7/30/13 1:37 PM by Daredevil73

Many of them have contacted police officers. Firstly, the cop's attitude on the matter was that they're "just whores."Second, cops are frequently customers or paid off. Who are they really going to trust?Lastly, their families are often threatened. The gangs holding them still have contacts in the towns these girls were taken from. They're made well aware of how much they could be hurt.

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7/30/13 1:24 PM by john joe

if only all these girls were as clever as you! You've solved this issue in such simple fashion. Silly eastern euros or, maybe, your entire position on this issue is clouded by your own personal issues and in fact, a delinquent runaway stepdaughter doesnt make you an expert on eastern european migrants forced into prostitution by gangsters?what, for example, would your answer be to the issue of these gangsters telling the girls that their parents and home village will be informed they have been prostitutes, should they go to the police or try to escape? Should they just "suck it up"? (no pun intended)