(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- During a two-week nationwide enforcement campaign, the FBI, working with local law enforcement, rescued 225 human trafficking victims, including 84 minors, and identified 37 actively missing children listed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The operation, dubbed “Operation Cross Country VII,” resulted in the arrest of 85 suspects on charges of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking, and some may face additional investigation for other potential charges.
In similar operations, the average age of the victims located was 15.5 years old. During this operation, the youngest victim was only eleven.
Over two weeks in August, 391 operations were led by FBI agents, victim specialists, and child adolescent forensic interviewers working with 200 local, state, and federal partners.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which partnered with Operation Cross Country, praised the success of the operation.
In a statement on Monday, the Center’s president and CEO, Michelle DeLaune, said Operation Cross Country “highlights the need for all child-serving professionals to continue to focus on the wellbeing of children and youth” to prevent them from being targeted by human traffickers.
Attorney General Merrick Garland thanked the “dedicated professionals” of both the FBI and law enforcement nationwide for their work in rescuing the victims of human trafficking, especially children. He said the Justice Department remains committed to combatting “the insidious crimes of human trafficking” that are so devastating to survivors and their families.
Operation Cross Country focused on both identifying and locating sex trafficking victims and investigating and apprehending individuals and criminal organizations involved in human trafficking and child sexual exploitation.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in Monday’s statement that the bureau and its partners will continue with operations like this to track down and arrest human traffickers while identifying and helping victims.