July 29, 2013
FBI crackdown nabs pimps, rescues children
Washington (CNN) -- They are mostly teenage girls, often from broken homes where no one misses them. Their world is one of drugs and abuse -- emotional and physical -- in which they are forced to sell their bodies.
In announcing the FBI's latest crackdown on child prostitution, officials Monday described a dark underside of society that has grown through Internet sites that provide pimps easy access to johns in hotels and motels, at truck stops, at race tracks and just about anywhere else.
The nationwide operation over the weekend resulted in 150 arrests, with 105 children between the ages of 13 and 17 rescued, according to Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division.
Overall, the three-day undercover Operation Cross Country took place in 76 cities and involved 230 law enforcement units, Hosko told a news conference.
It was the largest such sweep to date, he said, with ... [more]
July 25, 2013
Man ran human trafficking operation involving teens, special needs child
INDIANAPOLIS - A 24-year-old man was arrested on multiple counts of child molestation, human trafficking and promoting prostitution, officials said.
Jerry Mitchell was reportedly the leader of a human trafficking operation that involved teenage victims and at least one 12-year-old child with special needs, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.
Joniece Peet, 26, was also arrested in connection with promoting prostitution and her involvement with the operation, IMPD said.
The incidents happened in several locations throughout Marion County. Sources close to the investigation said at least two of the victims were runaways.
Police said the pair would troll for children on the street in the vicinity near 16th Street and College Avenue, an area known as a hotbed for prostitution.
The kids were offered up for sale on a well-known hook-up websi... [more]