In a nationwide search in three days over the past week for those who traffic in teenage prostitution, the “Operation Cross Country” had significant results: it was freeing 105 juvenile girls and 159 suspects were arrested. They are expected to be federal charged related to sex crimes and human trafficking.
18 suspects were arrested in Detroit.
This action was carried out in 76 cities because, according to a declaration of Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, this “remains a persistent threat to children across America.” It was the largest crackdown to date on child prostitution. The investigations included targeting the use of the social media sites for child prostitution activity.
Almost incredible but the evidence is that the major sports events (as the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four) can be considered a prime environment for the prostitution activity of all sorts. Young girls between 13 to 17 years old are the preferred victims.
In the last years, under Operation Cross Country , at least 10 persons were sentenced to life in prison.