A nationwide three-day sweep in which local and federal authorities rescued more than 100 exploited children and arrested more than 100 pimps reached from San Francisco to Miami in what is being called the biggest investigation of its kind, the FBI announced Monday.
One hundred and five sexually exploited children were taken off the streets and 159 pimps and others believed to be involved in child sex trafficking were arrested in 76 cities. The victims, almost all girls, range in age from 13 to 17. The most children were rescued in San Francisco, Milwaukee and Detroit. While three children were rescued in Tampa, authorities did not recover children in the southern part of the state.
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Divisions where the most children were rescued, according to the FBI:
San Francisco: 12
New Orleans: 6
Divisions where most pimps were arrested, according to the FBI:
San Francisco: 17
Oklahoma City: 13