SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — At least 17 suspected Bay Area pimps are in custody and a dozen children have been rescued as part of a national crackdown on child prostitution.
The largest number of arrests locally happened in South San Francisco and Santa Rosa, according to information released by the FBI.
Nationally at least 150 people are under arrest and more than 100 children rescued as part of “Operation Cross Country.”
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“The issue and crime of child prostitution is not going away anytime soon,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson in a written statement. “The sexual exploitation of children could be happening in your neighborhood, so we need the public’s help in combating this unthinkable, yet real, crime.”
Officials trace the national operation to a 2006 effort involving the Bay Area Innocence Lost Working Group.
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California Atty. Gen. Assistance for Victims
Human Trafficking Information
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition
San Francisco Collaborative against Human Trafficking
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Alameda County Probation, Alameda County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force, Alameda County Sheriffs, Alameda County Vice Enforcement Team (ACVET), Concord Police, Contra Costa Sheriffs, Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, Daly City Police, Hayward Police, Oakland Police, Petaluma Police, Richmond Police, Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, San Francisco Police, San Jose Police, San Mateo Police, Santa Clara Police, Santa Rosa Police, Sonoma County Sheriffs, South San Francisco Police all took part in the investigations which also targeted adult prostitutes.
The FBI says its efforts have rescued 2,700 children from child prostitution since 2003.
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