Human Traffic Watch

Sex-Trafficking Sting Covers 76 Cities

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm

One hundred children were rescued in the recent three-day sting. Host Rachel Martin talks with Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal investigations division, about child sex trafficking the U.S.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I’m Rachel Martin.

One of the FBI’s largest child prostitution sting operations came to a close this past week. A hundred and five children were rescued, 150 pimps arrested across the country. Last night on WEEKEND ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, we heard about how sex trafficking has changed in the age of the Internet. In a moment, we’ll hear from a former victim who has rebuilt her life. But first, more on that sting operation.

We spoke with Ron Hosko. He’s the assistant director of the FBI’s criminal division. And I asked him how old these victims tend to be.

RON HOSKO: I think our most populous range goes from roughly 13 to 16 to 17. And we’ve gone in our engagements as low as the age of nine. And so, we see the range of activity where the abuse is horrendous, where it’s less so but it can be psychological as well, where these girls don’t have a meaningful family structure or structure in existence that is healthy.

 NPR

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