FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution

150 arrested in 76 cities

WASHINGTON - The FBI says it has rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States and arrested 150 people it described as pimps and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities.

San Francisco topped the list of rescues, with 12 kids found and 17 adults in custody. The highest number of arrests in one city -- 18 -- was in Detroit, where 10 kids were rescued.

No Indiana cities were included in this particular raid.

The campaign, known as "Operation Cross Country," was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI's "Innocence Lost" initiative. The assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigative division, Ron Hosko, said that child prostitution remains what he called a "persistent threat" to children across America.

The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.

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