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Sex trafficking isn't something that only happens abroad. It's a serious problem here, in America.

On Monday, the FBI announced that it arrested 150 alleged pimps as part of a huge national child-trafficking crackdown.

The FBI's human trafficking raids took place in 76 cities accross the country, with 28 searches conducted. The operation targeted venues such as truck stops, motels, casinos, Internet sites, social media platforms and the streets.

A reported 105 teens between the ages of 13 and 17 were saved as a result of the raid, including 12 children in San Francisco.

In fact, according to San Francisco Special Agent in Charge David Johnson, the San Francisco Bay Area had the highest number of child prostitutes.

Detroit and Milwaukee had the second highest number of child prostitutes, at 10.

Interestingly, New York had no arrests.

The three-day sweep was conducted as part of FBI's Innocence Lost initiative, which has rescued over 2,700 children in the sex trade since 2003.

According to John Ryan, chief executive of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, many of these children came from the foster care system.

Many of the teens rescued as part of the FBI's raid were girls from broken homes.

"Commonly some of these children have stepped away from their families," said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division.

Sporting events are a hotbed of prostitution, the FBI told CNN. Events like the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four bring together partiers with pimps-- a lethal combination for teens caught in the throws of the sex trade.

While many of the children rescued came from the foster care system, the raid nevertheless showcases the importance of educating children on abduction.

Over 100 children were saved this time, as part of the FBI's raid. Many more, however, are still at large, caught in the vicious sex trade.

 


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