19 arrested in Chattanooga in connection with FBI trafficking st - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

SLIDESHOW: 19 arrested in Chattanooga in connection with FBI trafficking sting

Posted: Updated:
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Officers in Chattanooga arrested eight pimps and 11 prostitutes in connection with a nationwide FBI sting.

Agents with the FBI headquarters in Knoxville say the arrests were in connection with Operation Cross Country.

READ MORE | More than 100 teens rescued in weekend sex-trafficking raids, FBI says

He says they did not recover and juveniles, all the arrests were adults.

FBI agents recovered 105 sexually exploited children and arrested 150 pimps and other individuals. The sting was a three day nationwide enforcement.

The sweep took place in 76 cities and was carried out by the FBI in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America," said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division in a release on the FBI's website. "This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable."

Since its creation in 2003, the Innocence Lost National Initiative has resulted in the identification and recovery of more than 2,700 children who have been sexually exploited. Behind those numbers are the stories of real victims.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Israel pounds Gaza as it searches for soldier

    Israel pounds Gaza as it searches for soldier

    Saturday, August 2 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-08-02 04:37:15 GMT
    A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.More
    Israel launched dozens of airstrikes early Saturday in the southern Gaza Strip as part of a large-scale search for a soldier Israel suspects was captured by Hamas fighters.More
  • What to expect from CFC's NPSL Title Match opponent the NY Red Bulls U23

    What to expect from CFC's NPSL Title Match opponent the NY Red Bulls U23

    Saturday, August 2 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-08-02 04:22:54 GMT
    Chattanooga FC has proved they're not like most NPSL teams. They're the only team to make three national title games. They're the only team that pushes the boundaries when it comes to attendance, in fact they hold the single game league record but they'll hit the field Saturday night, one win away from the team's first national title as an underdog. More
    Chattanooga FC has proved they're not like most NPSL teams. They're the only team to make three national title games. They're the only team that pushes the boundaries when it comes to attendance, in fact they hold the single game league record but they'll hit the field Saturday night, one win away from the team's first national title as an underdog. More
  • CPD hires new communications coordinator after internal job posting

    CPD hires new communications coordinator after internal job posting

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:40:36 GMT
    It took just four days and an internal-only posting for the City of Chattanooga to find its new communications coordinator for the Chattanooga Police Department. Mayor Andy Berke's former administrative assistant was selected for the job.More
    It took just four days and an internal-only posting for the City of Chattanooga to find its new communications coordinator for the Chattanooga Police Department. Mayor Andy Berke's former administrative assistant was selected for the job.More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.