FBI Nationwide Sex Trafficking Bust Results in Rescue of 82 Minors, Arrest of 239 Perpetrators

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The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has announced the outcome of its annual sex trafficking bust, which resulted in the rescue of 82 minors and the arrest of 239 perpetrators.

Operation Cross Country is a part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which was first launched in 2003. This year’s effort took place from Oct. 13 to 16.

“Operation Cross Country aims to shine a spotlight into the darkest corners of our society that seeks to prey on the most vulnerable of our population,” Director James Comey stated in a press release. “We are not only looking to root out those who engage in the trafficking of minors, but through our Office for Victim Assistance, we offer a lifeline to minors to help them escape from a virtual prison no person ever deserves.”

The FBI says that the effort spanned 55 FBI field offices and 74 FBI-led Child Exploitation Task Forces, as well as help from over 400 law enforcement agencies. Hundreds participated in stings in hotels, casinos, truck stops, and other locations nationwide—including on the Internet.

Among those arrested this month include nearly 70 suspects in Georgia, 45 in Louisiana, 44 in Nevada, 28 in Mississippi, 20 in Oregon, more than a dozen in Wisconsin, 14 in Washington State, over 10 in Colorado, and many others across the nation. Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage, was also apprehended in Houston, Texas and is facing charges of pimping a minor and conspiracy to commit pimping.

Comey said that children were exploited by a variety of means, with some being trafficked by the gangs that they had joined, independent sex traffickers, or in some cases, even their own family.

Two of the girls that were rescued, ages 16 and 17, told officials that their mother is a pimp and that she had been renting out their brother’s room to a registered sex offender.

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The youngest child rescued was 13 years old.

“These children trapped in this hell need a hero,” Comey declared during a press conference on Tuesday. “And the men and women who work for us, federal agents, state agents, local police officers and partners around the world are those heroes.”

“This is a depressing day in law enforcement, because this is the world we live in and the work we have to do,” he said. “But it is a [satisfying] day for law enforcement, because there are people who spend every day worrying about how to rescue these children. They are true heroes.”

Those that were rescued from trafficking were provided with resources to help put their lives back together, including where to obtain basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter.

John Clark of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children outlined during the press conference that the organization receives approximately 10,000 calls a year regarding sex trafficking.

“That’s just the ones that are reported,” he said. “We know that in this dark world there are many, many more of these situations that are going unreported. So this has to stop.”

The FBI estimates that it is has rescued over 6,000 children since the program’s inception.


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Secular nations’ Sodomic culture makes anything and anyone in existence as the object of sexual lust, and pagans never view women and children as equal humans.

    May Lord Jesus come quickly and bring justice upon this world.

    • uninvitedguest

      Nope. Women and children are equals in our society. Sorry that you have zero understanding of US culture as evidenced by your posts. You literally have no clue at all.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Read comments more carefully. You guys are former part and not latter. Sodomic West makes everything in existence as a object of sexual greed. USA was a Christendom before, that’s why Americans know all humans are equal before God. Americans would have been illiterate savages like the rest if they had no Bible or Christian British education. America is a European name anyway. Secular Westerners know nothing about their own history. You will never find where all your ancestors stole noble ideas unless you read the Holy Bible. Stop persecuting the Christians. One should not become a parent-shaming rotten kid, no matter how much he is spoiled by the Western Church.

        • uninvitedguest

          Thanks to loving christians the native americans were all but exterminated. Talk about savages……We dont need now nor have we ever needed the bible in order to make our society work. Nothing more than a book of fables

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            And that is what they will never understand.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Stop bullying. Immorality should never be understood. You guys are too well-fed and bored and forgot what humanity is like and should be.

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            I’m never bored. Got my job, have my hobbies, have my horse, spending time with my family every day. Spending time with my friends. Going on vacation at least twice a year, was away last week with dad, sis and the family dogs for a week. Oh I almost forgot, got my little sweetheart my bunny. See I’m never bored. And I love spending time on my own, a specially after a hard working week, with a good book, or doing one of my hobbies, love to do diy things, a hot coco and snuggled into a blanket. I love the fall.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Because of your luxury-living, so many Earthlings are suffering as slaves on earth.

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            You call that luxery living? Right! I think every person with a loving family lives the same life. I work my butt off and safe money like every hard working person. I don’t have a rich dad or a money tree.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Work to free slaves instead being a slave owner by pushing Sodomy.

          • uninvitedguest

            There ayou go again with your overt nonsense. There are no true slaves in America. You are a slave to your holy book not me.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            If anyone does not follow Jesus, he is a slave to sin. The USA is the first nation to enslave mankind with homosexuality.

          • uninvitedguest

            No such thing as jesus or sin…made up constructs to enslave the mind and body. You are the slave grace…not me

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            Whitch slaves?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It’s reality. You guys are crazy to advance infanticide and Sodomy on a sinking planet, ruining global children. Just one more civilization was that much crazy and evil – Nazi Germany. Give up your thirst for slavery. Bible-readers never submit to Germans or Americans. Poor your noble pioneers. Someone has to speak for them against their bad depraved descendants. They are called racists by today’s Americans although they created this great nation on earth. The future generation will call today’s secular nations as blasphemers and baby-killers and sexual pervs who destroyed their own homeland by their own hands.

          • uninvitedguest

            Again,you have no idea about our society. Your rants only show your thirst for theocracy. Move to the ME if thats what you want. Xtians arent special in this country, just citizens. You know nothing of the US other than what you read. Get a clue please.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Secular USA persecutes the Christians for not-complying to its sinful culture. It must be addressed.

          • uninvitedguest

            Christians in the US havent a clue about real persecution. In our cou try, everyone is an equal. Everybody has a right to believe the way they see fit. Your utopian theocratic society will never appear in the US.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are in the oppressor’s side and that’s why you can pretend to be happy on the expense of other lives. USA destroys historic Christian monuments like ISIS did and forces the people to treat immorality as something normal like Sodom and Gommorah did. USA needs theocracy to be sane, and it will be brought by King Jesus. USA is another empire to be gone but the Word of God is forever. Read Isaiah ch.40.

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            So, what are they destroying exactly? Churches, statues? Cause that is what ISIS is destroying?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Ten Commandment monuments, the basis of USA. Unbelievable.

          • uninvitedguest

            The ten commandments aren’t now and have never been the basis of America. Freedom is the basis of America. Freedom to believe or disbelieve. Unbelievable.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The freedom is from the Holy Bible. Mankind never knew everyone was created to be free. Americans got ideas from the Holy Bible and the Christian British. Without Christianity, Americans only have sexual immorality.

          • uninvitedguest

            Native Americans were free without your holy book and so are we. There you go trying to talk about that which you have no idea. Get a grip grace

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            You mean in public places?

          • uninvitedguest

            Still have zero knowledge of anything US. I’ve oppressed nobody. I’ve destroyed no christian monuments. You are ISIS if what you want is a theocracy. Move somewhere that there is real persecution and maybe you will get a clue. Until then your nonsensical rants are just that. Sodom and Gommorah is just another fable in your book of fables. Me and my family are just fine without your holy book

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are not American and do not care about America’s welfare and that’s why you say the things you say. Today’s USA proved that Sodom and Gommorah indeed existed on earth and the Holy Bible is 100% right.

          • uninvitedguest

            No proof of the bible being anything but stories from bronze age goat herders….I’ll stick with reality. My ancestors were here long before the christians came and ruined everything. I am 100% American and you are not. I’ve served my country in the Army as well as in our healthcare system caring for critically ill children…what have you done for America…..nothing.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Christians created the USA and therefore the rightful owners of USA.

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            You whish.

          • uninvitedguest

            You are sadly mistaken. My ancestors were heree long before any christians. Christians killed the native americans and enslaved them. You are no historian.

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            Boom! Nice!

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            Nazi Germany? So, please do tell. Where in the West Christians are put into camps? Where in the West Christians are starved, tortured because of their religion? Where in the West Christians are gassed because of their religion? I’m waiting.

            I’m actually surprised you have a problem with Germany. They don’t have SSM and are still very religious.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The treatment of the unborn children. They kill them and do business on the dead bodies and are doing live experiments. They also brainwash the youth not to value life like Nazis did. Jolanda, you are too young to know. WW2 has changed the world much.

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            So any proof of those live experiments? Uhm, Nazi’s didn’t value life. German youth does. Maybe I’m too young, but my dad isn’t and I believe him before I believe you.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Nazi youth didn’t. Your dad wasn’t in a city, was he?

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            No answer to my question, well not surprised. Don’t know much about Germany, right? What has that to do with anything?

      • Jolanda Tiellemans

        But she does understand US culture, she read Uncle Tom’s Cabin. /sarc

    • TwoRutRoad

      Here’s who never views women and children as equal humans:

      “Now
      therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has
      known man intimately. But all the
      girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves.”