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Nationwide human trafficking initiative arrest 153, 2 in East Tennessee

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Over 500 law enforcement agencies participated in Operation Cross Country last week, a national human trafficking operation, targeting the commercial sex trafficking of children. 

The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), worked with local and state law enforcement partners, in 135 cities across the country, including Chattanooga.  

During last week's operation, 149 children were recovered nationwide, the youngest being 12 years old, 153 pimps were arrested. Two of the pimps were arrested in East Tennessee during the operation. 

The agencies that participated in the operations in East Tennessee include FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, TBI, Knoxville PD, Knox County Sheriff's Office, and Chattanooga PD. 

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