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Freeing Nearly 200 Children: Nationwide Crackdown on Child Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

Cameras catch federal agents and police busting alleged pimps operating in more than 100 cities.
2:53 | 06/23/14

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Transcript for Freeing Nearly 200 Children: Nationwide Crackdown on Child Prostitution and Sex Trafficking
And now we're going to turn next to a nationwide crackdown on a problem that could reach into every community in this country. Today the FBI moved into rescue nearly 200 children right here in the United States. Most of them girls many lured from their homes by sex traffickers. ABC Cecilia Vega was with the investigators and brings us the drama of that rescue. I hate -- the track Oakland's red light district just one target any nationwide crackdown announced today. A place where prostitutes come to make their money through many of them just girls. How younger we talking. The youngest don't -- -- say. I've seen is thirteen. This undercover Oakland cop his -- -- part of that's sweet and I am here for the steam -- the FBI and police try to save as many girls as -- hand. Today announcing that operation cross country put 281. Alleged -- behind bars and rescued 168. Child prostitute in more than 100 cities from Tampa ought to Denver to Los Angeles. These are our kids. On our street corners. Our truck stops. Our motels our casinos these are America's children some of them runaways many forced into prostitution. Blurred by boyfriends offering little more than promises of love and affection. Like this young woman arrested in part of this week I was seventy and a half. The guy said taking home. We're gonna go to the mall fires that he kind like -- like kind of like wheeled me into it I was scan police on these streets say they often see a pattern. They come from -- broken backgrounds where anyone chosen -- -- -- Common decency and love -- tells them that they love -- -- believing convenient to believe. As the night goes on to. -- bring in a woman. After woman. This car is driving away with that woman in the -- -- right now. This is a problem I -- there are more prostitutes and pimps on the streets right now than our officers you can arrest them -- So at some point they're gonna have to bring this operation to close because they simply run out of manpower the underage girls go to juvenile hall. Where police say they'll get help and most importantly for some time away from their kids this is a drop in the bucket do you make it -- France the -- to bring services some of these individuals get them off the street. Go after their exporters can we prevent future victims repairing. One girl at a time. Many of these girls were not even reported missing and -- say if it weren't for these operations they may never have been found. There are though some success stories we now know that girls who were rescued in the same operation a few years ago. Are now in college summer studying nursing -- telling us today Diane that the key is to get to these girls and get them off of the streets.

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