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    Hundreds Arrested, Rescued in FBI Prostitution Sweep

    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.
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    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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    by: Woodrow W. Denham from: USA
    July 29, 2013 4:08 PM
    I am disappointed that VoA News devoted only five short paragraphs to its report on FBI arrests concerning child prostitution in the United States. It is most important for us to make a strong effort to stop this kind of exploitation within the US, and it is equally important that our efforts be publicized worldwide. Our preaching against this abuse in other countries is seen as sheer hypocrisy when we do little or nothing to prevent it in our own country. If the US really is to have any impact on reducing child sexual abuse and exploitation outside this country, then VoA News must do its part by publicizing any efforts made within the US, and it must publicize them vigorously and as broadly as possible. Hiding this report in a tiny article that says nothing about the importance of the crimes or the arrests does a great disservice to victims everywhere who are waiting for moral and legal leadership by the US government.

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