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2 Mississippi Minors Recovered in Nationwide Sex-Trafficking Operation

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JACKSON, Miss. - Two Mississippi minors were recovered during a national operation conducted to address child sex trafficking in the U.S.

Operation Cross Country VIII began on June 19 and ended on June 21.

In Mississippi, the operation included enforcement actions in seven cities, and led to the recovery of two children, who were being victimized through prostitution. Authorities also arrested 19 pimps.

Additionally, 53 other individuals were arrested on state and local charges.

“Child prostitution is a real threat to children across America, and right here in Mississippi – not just in other countries,” said Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Mississippi. “Through Operation Cross Country, the FBI and its partners in law enforcement emphasize their commitment to identifying and rescuing any child who is being victimized in this heinous enterprise.”

Thirteen agencies from Mississippi were involved in the operation.

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