WASHINGTON (AP/NEWS CENTER) - The FBI says it has rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States and arrested 150 people it described as pimps and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities --3 children were rescued in Maine.
The campaign, known as "Operation Cross Country," was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI's "Innocence Lost" initiative. The assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigative division, Ron Hosko, said that child prostitution remains what he called a "persistent threat" to children across America.
A Boston FBI spokesperson tells NEWS CENTER that 3 children were recovered in Maine as part of the sting operation.
The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.
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