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Six child victims rescued in SE Michigan during nationwide sex trafficking sting

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Posted at 9:13 AM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 09:13:24-04

Detroit's Federal Bureau of Investigation says six children were rescued in Southeast Michigan during Operation Cross Country X, a nationwide initiative that aims to put a stop to sex trafficking. 

The FBI worked with a task force compiled of the Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, Warren Police Department, Canton Police Department, Romulus Police Department, Huron Township Police Department, Roseville Police Department, Southfield Police Department, Livonia Police Department, Dearborn Police Department, Highland Park Police Department, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and Homeland Security Investigations.

"The success of OCCX in Michigan is due to the local, state and federal partners who share the same passionate commitment to disrupt and prevent the sexual exploitation of children and adults," stated David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a press release. “While the recovery of juvenile victims of this exploitation remains our priority, the FBI will continue to fight this battle and conduct these operations as long as anyone is being commercially trafficked and exploited”.

In addition to the six children rescued, the FBI says 10 traffickers were arrested and 46 adults involved in the prostitution were taken into custody. 

Across the country, the initiative led to the recovery of 82 child victims and 239 arrests.