FBI sting frees 105 sexually abused youths, nets 150 pimps
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) - A nationwide sting focused on underage prostitution has freed 105 sexually abused youths and netted 150 pimps, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced on Monday.
Most of the minors rescued during the three-day operation in 76 cities are aged 13 to 16, said Mr Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division.
"Our goal is that child trafficking is openly discussed," Mr Hosko told reporters.
"We are trying to take this crime out of the shadows and put a spotlight on it... to put them (the children) out of the cycle."