FBI and NJ Police Arrest 16 People and Recover Several Children as Part of National Crackdown on Child Prostitution
By Travis Tormey posted in Sex Crimes on Monday, July 29, 2013
In the past week, 16 people were arrested by the FBI and local police in New Jersey as part of a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution. The national operation resulted in more than 800 arrests across 40 cities, with law enforcement also recovering 69 children.
According to the FBI’s Newark office, “Operation Cross County V” was put into action on Thursday, when Newark police arrested six (6) prostitutes and two (2) pimps. The arrests were the culmination of an investigation that began in 2008.
Friday, Secaucus police arrested five (5) prostitutes and one (1) pimp, while Newark police arrested two (2) prostitutes.
Additionally, during the sting, Newark police recovered two (2) missing children. Law enforcement will work with the Division of Youth and Family Services in New Jersey to ensure that the recovered children are returned to their homes or placed into foster care.
Sex crimes are a major problem in New Jersey. According to FBI officials, child prostitution is a particular problem in New Jersey, which has a “significant amount of child trafficking” because runaways are drawn to the NY/NJ area for jobs in high-profile industries like fashion and movies.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “FBI Arrests 16 in N.J. as Part of National Child Prostitution Crackdown.“