The week long enforcement period was designed to address a reality in this country that is often overlooked: child sex trafficking.
Operation Cross Country did exactly what the FBI wanted it to do. Authorities were able to rescue children and put sex traffickers behind bars.
New Haven was among 54 FBI field divisions nationwide that worked with local law enforcement agencies to locate underage prostitutes from the streets.
Nationwide, 168 children were rescued and 281 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges. In Connecticut, one child was rescued and one trafficker was arrested. Over the past year, New Haven FBI and its task force partners have recovered 13 children form the streets.
In a press conference yesterday, investigators said that what people often don’t realize is that this is happening where they live. Many of the children rescued are living and working in our streets, truck stops and motels.
For the victims rescued here in the state, the Department of Children and Families works to help them get on their feet and in a supportive and save environment.