Nationwide FBI operation frees five kids involved in prostitution in Washington state
SPOKANE, Wash. -
The FBI reports that over the past week three Child Exploitation Task Forces in Washington state, along with other local partners, were able free five juveniles and 67 adults who were being exploited through prostitution. Some of the adults had been forced into prostitution as juveniles. The operations in Washington were part of a national operation known as Operation Cross Country X.
The tasks forces arrested 14 people suspected of exploiting children and adults, and related crimes. Interviews with people involved in prostitution provided several leads toward identifying other young people being exploited. The task forces also recovered drugs and several vehicles during the operations across Washington.
The operations took place between October 13 and October 15. The FBI reports operations happened in Airway Heights and Spokane as well as Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Lakewood, Pasco, Tukwila and throughout King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. The FBI says victims and pimps travel throughout the state and do not necessarily live in the area where they were found during the stings.
FBI agents made contact with young women involved in prostitution through undercover agents and detectives and by canvassing areas known for street prostitution. The FBI reports all the victims were offered referrals and information on a variety of services within the community including job training, housing, counseling and medical and education assistance.