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FBI Announces Major Rescue Of Human Trafficking Victims In ‘Operation Cross Country’

The FBI announced Monday the rescue of 84 adolescent victims of child sex trafficking and exploitation crimes, along with the discovery of 37 missing children during a nationwide campaign.

The FBI-led initiative, Operation Cross Country XII, involved the coordinated efforts of FBI special agents, intelligence analysts, victim specialists, and child adolescent forensic interviewers alongside 200 state, local, and federal partners, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. Together with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the FBI conducted a total of 391 operations in a two-week period, the release stated.

In addition to those minor victims rescued in the operation, the FBI and its partners also succeeded in locating 141 adult victims of human trafficking, according to the DOJ. Additionally, the agency identified and arrested 85 suspects accused of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking offenses. The average age of victims rescued in similar operations is 15.5 years old, while the youngest victim discovered during Operation Cross Country was 11, the DOJ said.

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