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52 Children Rescued in Nationwide Sex Trafficking Sweep

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Federal officials arrest almost 700, including 60 pimps, in a three-day crackdown on child prostitution. The youngest victim was 10! 1,600 agents and officers took part in the raids; followed investigations in 36 cities!

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Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Monday October 26, 2009, 5:49 pm
What a huge sting! Yes, and this is here in "America"....on our streets around your area, too!


The sweep, dubbed Operation Cross Country, is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, started in 2003 to address child sex trafficking in the U.S.

To date, the initiative has rescued nearly 900 children, led to the conviction of 510 pimps, madams and their associates, and seized $3.1 million in assets, according to the FBI.

"We're having an enormous impact on this business," said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Most of the children recovered through the project have been girls, who usually become victims of traffickers around the age of 12, Allen said.

He estimated that 100,000 children are still involved in sex trafficking in the U.S., adding that the problem is growing partly because of the recession.



Damaris C (147)
Monday October 26, 2009, 6:50 pm
Yes, Wicked V, this can be happening just next door, or in the backyard, in "safe" USA (or any other ""safe" country)

We have to be aware of these horrible crimes, and alert, in case we suspect or discover any activities related to human trafficking (which is what these children are, human trafficking victims) we must call the National Human Trafficking Hotline to report it (in the USA):

or you can send an email to:

The hotline is available 24/7, and interpreters are also available.

The news say they have rescued 900 children out of 100,000. That is just the tip of the iceberg.
Remember to have the hotline number always with you, put it in your cell phone so you can call in the very moment that's needed.
We all can help to increase the number of rescues, and arrests!

Thanks for sharing, Wicked V.


patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 7:19 am
Maybe the sexy Halloween costumes contribute to this sex-trafficking. What do you think?

Barbara West (0)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 8:49 am
Disgusting adults making money off of children. The morality of mankind in this day and age is totally missing! With HIV and AIDS out there, how many of these poor kids will never have a chance to grow up and live a real life???

Judy C (97)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 1:29 pm
On the question of Halloween costumes, I doubt it, Patricia. I thought perhaps this could contribute, but after thinking on it, a person who sexually victimizes a child is insane and/or evil, and will do so no matter what the victims do. The victim is not to blame. The perpetrator could rationalize that the victim is "asking for it", but a normal, sane person would not be attracted to a child no matter what, and if they were, they would have the self-control and decency to not act on it. Like any rape, it is an act of violence, power, and control, not a purely sexual act. I DEFINITELY do not condone sexualizing the appearance of a child, however.

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 2:05 pm
In 6 years nearly 900 (whatever that means) children have been rescued and I am pleased that they are now safe. 100,000 estimated still out there (probably double that if not more) and it is sad that these children have not been rescued during this length of time. There are many people out there who know what is happening and do nothing. Even if they are not personally involved then they are by saying nothing.

There should be free helplines, rewards, protection for people who pass on information that leads to a rescue and real convictions for people involved.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 2:07 pm
I do agree with Gilliam.

Sheila G (267)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 2:29 pm
wondering what the recession has to do with it? odd.
kill'em all, who needs these monsters? they get out and do it again, they steal lives.

Cheree M (46)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 3:32 pm
SICK,SICK,SICK people. What a disgrace. This makes me sick to my stomach. I glad these people got caught & pray they pay for a long long long time. Thanks Kat.

Damaris C (147)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 6:01 pm

Gillian I provided the hotline to call on human trafficking issues. It serves us to report, but also a person can get help on what to do. This is a toll free number. SO, if we ever, ever happen to run into a trafficked victim we can call this number and they will help us handle the situation. Trafficked victims can also call themselves to get help.

The number, again, is : 1-888-3737-888.

All of us should have this number in our cell phones.

Sheila, the recession has a lot to do with it. With people wanting to make money out of something, they turn into other "sources". A child being sexually exploited can boost your economy in very few days. Each child, each alone, can be sold several times per night. Let say 15 times (although it is known that it can be a higher number, 20, 30, 40). Just charging each client $40 bucks, means and income of $600 IN ONE NIGHT, BY ONE CHILD being sold 15 times that night. That's why this crime is so common on regions and countries with challenged economies.


Janet Hughes (390)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 9:26 pm
Thanks for all you do, Kat, to stop this dreaded child abuse.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 11:40 pm
Promiscious people/perverts/rapist should get the death penalty.

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Wednesday October 28, 2009, 3:01 am
Sadly, there is wayyyyyyyyyy too much money involved and exchanged for this to be totally cleared up. And there are too many countries where human life is exchanged or thrown away as if they were pebbles. Unfortunately, I know our country is not a leader in controlling human trafficking UNLESS we get more people involved and then more prosecute the guilty ones.

Just like with controlling drugs, the criminals may just be standing on the sidewalk in front of your house!

Karen S (106)
Friday October 30, 2009, 10:39 am
Thanks Kat. What does it make someone if they have an encounter with one of these unfortunate victims and make a choice not to seek help for them, but instead, to take advantage of them. It's hard to imagine there are so many "low-lifes" out there with the absence of morals who seek this kind of gratification.

Gillian M (218)
Friday October 30, 2009, 10:45 am
Damaris, I did see the toll free number but many people will not use it or may find it busy and not ring back. I have tried to contact a similar number in the UK (for something totally different) and found that I could not get through and eventually gave up, hence the need for more than one number.

If you want people to contact with information then you have to give them lots of encouragement, places to contact and practical support as well as money.

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