Saturday, June 30, 2012

100 thousand American children involved in prostitution every year



Washington - For three days law enforcement in America carried out prostitution operations involving teenagers, officers said they rescued 79 children and arrested 104 suspected pimps, the FBI announced Monday.
Operations carried out in the 6 states that took place from Friday to Sunday involved 2,500 security officers in the state, local and federal who worked in 57 cities.
Assistant Executive Director Kevin Perkins said law enforcers released children aged 13 to 17 years when a girl said she had been involved in prostitution when she was 11 years old.
"Often the children taken for this criminal activity are children who are dissatisfied with families, who come from broken families, who may be on the streets alone - they really are looking for food, looking for a place to live, looking for someone who want to take care of them, and that is the first approach taken, "Perkins said.
"After the children are taken to safety, then start the story from there," Perkins said. "That's where everything starts to happen, so we have to call on the community, various social welfare institutions, and our own offices that provide assistance for victims to work with each child individually to see what their needs are.
"This is a very difficult task. These children look very devastated - very hurt, and they really need help - it is really a heavy body for social welfare and in the future we need to pay special attention."
Even though the FBI said 79 children were rescued, there was no guarantee that those who were immature would not be lured back to prostitution.
"Many of these children feel like they are in love, so many of them will return, so it's not only important that they get help, but they also need some kind of special assistance," said Ernie Allen, President of the Center for Disappeared Children National exploited.
According to Perkins, people who exploit children in this way are involved in organized crime and have business plans and strategies. He said the criminals knew their markets and children would be transferred from one state to another to service their clients. Criminals use various methods including the internet to find vulnerable children. They can also be found at bus stations or trucks that stop and offer assistance as a first step to win their confidence.
Cross-country Operations were part of the FBI's Initiative for Disappeared Children which began in 2003. With 47 task forces and working groups, the FBI said there were more than 2,200 children who had been saved from the streets along with more than 1,000 people who believed to exploit those children. According to the FBI, many of the accused face a long prison sentence, including life imprisonment.
Allen said according to estimates there were at least 100,000 American children involved in prostitution every year.
IWD/The Truth Seeker Media

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