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FBI Crackdown on Child Sex Trafficking Lands Dozens Behind Bars

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The FBI rescues more than 100 children that investigators say were forced into prostitution in the United States.

It was all part of a nationwide crackdown on child sex trafficking.

During Operation Cross Country, 150 people in 76 cities were arrested.

Authorities say many of the young victims are often found on the street,  but others are pimped out at large sporting events, like the Super Bowl, or on classified websites.

"This operation targeted venues where girls and adults are operating for commercial sex. That includes street tracks, truck stops, motels, casinos, Internet sites, social media platforms and the like. The children recovered in this operation ranged in age from 13-17," said Ronald Hosko, the assistant director of the FBI Criminal Investigative Division.

In the past 10 years, the Innocence Lost National Initiative has rescued more than 2,700 sexually exploited children.