Video Shows Child Prostitutes, Hundreds Arrested

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SelectPlusVideo Shows Child Prostitutes, Hundreds ArrestedVideo Shows Child Prostitutes, Hundreds ArrestedThe Associated PressIn a five-day, 16-city crackdown, the FBI says hundreds of people were arrested as "Operation Cross Country" wraps up five years of similar stings targeting a network of pimps who force children into prostitution. (June 26)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE]  Hundreds of people are in custody in what the FBI calls a five-day roundup of a network of pimps who force children into prostitution.SOT: Robert Mueller, FBI Director: "this operation known as operation "cross-country" included take-down operations in 16 cities across the country and led to the removal of 21 children from the cycle of victimisation."The agency also released this video it says shows some of the children working at a truck stop in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The government says runaways are preyed upon by an organized network of pimps who lure them in with shelter or drugs.SOT: Ernie Allen, CEO of National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children: "This is organised crime, not mafia, not La Cosa Nostra, but organised crime nonetheless. These kids are commodities for sale or trade. There is a network, they are trafficked, moved from city to city for the financial gain of those who use, abuse, and control them."In all 345 people were arrested including 290 adult prostitutes. The FBI says this operation rescued 21 children.     ___ ___, The Associated Press
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