Child trafficking bust: 103 victims are rescued and 67 traffickers arrested across the country in FBI’s month-long sting after cops targeted social media and escort sites to snare those offering kids for sex

Thursday, August 8, 2019
By Paul Martin

Dubbed ‘Operation Independence Day’, the July initiative recovered and identified 103 juveniles while arresting 68 suspected traffickers
The sting also caused 60 federal investigations to be launched
‘The FBI is fiercely focused on recovering child victims and arresting the sex traffickers who exploit them,’ FBI Director Christopher Wray said
Of the 103 juveniles, 14 were found in Las Vegas while another 13 were found in Dallas and Detroit
For the FBI’s trafficking cases, a victim specialist is placed on teams to provide victims with resources to help them during the tense investigation process

By MATTHEW WRIGHT
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 August 2019

More than 100 juveniles were rescued across the country in a month-long FBI operation that also resulted in dozens of arrests and federal cases being opened.

Dubbed ‘Operation Independence Day’, the July initiative saw the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces comprised of 400 law enforcement agencies working in 56 field offices.

Federal authorities were able to recover and identify 103 juveniles and arrested 68 suspected traffickers. As a result of the undercover operations, 60 federal investigations were also launched.

‘The FBI is fiercely focused on recovering child victims and arresting the sex traffickers who exploit them,’ FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.

‘Through operations like this, the FBI helps child victims escape the abusive life of sex trafficking.’

Of the 103 juveniles, 14 were found in Las Vegas while another 13 were found in Dallas and Detroit. Six were found in both Seattle and Atlanta.

Past years saw operations only lasting a few weeks so the longer time window allowed for more cases to be finalized.

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