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Hundreds Arrested, Rescued in FBI Prostitution Sweep

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Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, right, speaks about "Operation Cross Country" during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington, July 29, 2013.

Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, right, speaks about "Operation Cross Country" during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington, July 29, 2013.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has rescued 105 sexually exploited children during a three-day nationwide sweep.

Operation Cross Country also resulted in the arrests of 150 pimps and other people involved in underage prostitution.

The enforcement action took place in 76 cities and was carried out with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, Ron Hosko, said, "child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America."

Operation Cross Country was the seventh and largest such enforcement operation to date as part of the FBI's "Innocence Lost" national initiative. Since the initiative's 2003 creation, more than 2,700 sexually exploited children have been identified and recovered.

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