The girl was located during Operation Cross Country, an annual initiative to liberate sex trafficking victims around the world, the FBI announced in a press release Tuesday.
One of those girls had been trafficked by pimps since she was 13, the FBI said. A year-old woman was arrested at a Nanuet hotel on Thursday as part of the operation, Clarkstown police said.
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Authorities in several countries recovered 82 total underage victims of sexual exploitation and arrested pimps and other individuals between Oct. The operation, Massage places in Highlands Ranch ms is in its 10th year, included law enforcement agencies in Canada, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand.
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Sweeney Jr. We have a responsibility to protect these children, forced by threats and violence to survive in a depraved and vicious adult world. Some of the victims were brought to Westchester County from other countries, he said.
Osborne, the FBI agent, said he did not have details on the pimps who were arrested, but some of them Korean massage new Jonesboro gang affiliations. The goal is to "basically try to get them out of that lifestyle," he said.
Janmarie Brown, director of the Gateways program at the Pleasantville Cottage School, is one local resource for victims trying to break free from that world. The program provides services for girls who have been sexually exploited.
It serves girls ages 12 to 17, though victims as young as 10 and as old as 18 have been there, Brown said. More than girls have come through the program since it was created in It's a matter of Mission Viejo christian single your eyes open," she said.
Anyone who recognizes a potential trafficking victim should call the police, Brown said.