FBI rescues 52 child prostitutes

A nationwide sweep also leads to the arrest of nearly 700 suspected of exploiting children

By Tracy Clark-Flory

Published October 26, 2009 11:01PM (EDT)

It took 72 hours and 1,599 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers to rescue 52 children across the country from prostitution. While we're talking numbers, here's another important one: 10. As in 10 years old, the age of the youngest kid found in the nationwide sweep. The sting, innocuously dubbed Operation Cross Country IV, also secured the arrest of nearly 700 suspects, including 60 pimps, the FBI announced Monday.

Kevin Perkins, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, says all there really is to say about the matter: "Child prostitution continues to be a significant problem in our country, as evidenced by the number of children rescued through the continued efforts of our crimes-against-children task forces."

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