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FBI Breaks Up Nationwide Child Prostitution Rings

By Steven Rodriguez

In the dramatic break-up of a major national sex trafficking ring this week, 47 children aged 13 to 17 were rescued. All but one were female. The FBI coordinated thearrests of more than 600 adults in 29 U.S. cities to break up 12 major prostitution rings that forced children into prostitution. The rings operated out of truck stops, casinos, websites and call services. “Sex trafficking of children remains one of our most violent and unconscionable crimes in this country,” said FBI Deputy Director John Pistole. This week’s operation was part of a five-year nationwide initiative that has led to the recovery of 575 children and the destruction of 36 prostitution operations since June 2003. In California, sexual assault and sexual exploitation with a child under the age of 14 are classified as child molestation or child abuseand are felonies...continue to full post

Full post as published by LA Criminal Defense Blog on October 29, 2008 (boomark / email).

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