Officials from the FBI announced today that 149 underage trafficking victims were recovered and 153 pimps were arrested in a nationwide human trafficking operation conducted throughout the United States last week.
The initiative, dubbed Operation Cross Country IX, is a national effort spearheaded by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, along with state and local law enforcement partners across the country. The initiative, now in its ninth year, targets the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children.
In the Kansas City Division territory, FBI officials along with the Kansas City, Missouri; Overland Park; Wichita, KS Police Departments, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, and the Exploited Missing Children’s Unit in Wichita announced that four underage victims were recovered and eight pimps were arrested as part of the takedown. The child recoveries took place within the Wichita area and the greater Kansas City area with the youngest local victim being 14 years of age.