Operation Cross Country: 18 children rescued from sex trafficking in Denver

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DENVER — Authorities announced on Monday afternoon that more children were recovered from child sex trafficking as part of the massive FBI-coordinated Operation Cross Country VIII.

They said from Sunday, June 15-Friday, June 20, the FBI and local, state and federal law officials conducted the operation, which included enforcement in the greater Denver area. At the end of it, 18 children who were being victimized through prostitution were recovered and 11 pimps were arrested.

Those numbers made Denver the city with the highest rate of victimized children and second-highest rate of arrested pimps. Only in Cleveland were more pimps arrested (12).

“Operation Cross Country reveals that children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day,” said John Ryan, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). “We’re proud to partner with the FBI and provide support to both law enforcement and victim specialists in the field as they help survivors take that first step toward freedom.”

Authorities said Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and the NCMEC, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.

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