AG Alberto Gonzales yesterday announced a sweeping, nationwide crackdown on child prostitution, with 19 arrests and 31 indictments targeting four
prostitution rings operated from Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Federal intervention is crucial in stopping the child sex trade, as children
are often moved across state lines, out of the jurisdiction of local law enforcement agencies.
19 nabbed in child prostitution crackdown
By MARK SHERMAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
WASHINGTON -- Prostitution rings from New York to Hawaii forced more than 30 children as young as 12 to have sex at truck stops, hotels and brothels,
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday, announcing a government crackdown.
Nineteen people have been arrested among 31 who have been indicted for sexual trafficking in children, taking minors across state lines for
prostitution and other crimes, Gonzales said.
The indictments, in Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, target the purported operators of four child prostitution rings. Some of the children had
been reported missing or had run away because they had been abused at home, FBI assistant director Chris Swecker said.
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It is good to see the resources of the federal government being applied to this problem. It sends a clear message to the operators of these rings
and the perpetrators of this abuse that their days are numbered.
I'm curious what kind of resources are being made available to the children involved in these prostitution rings in the form of counseling and
recovery assistance. It is one thing to bring the guilty to justice, another to help heal the wounds of the victims and give them the opportunity to
live functional lives in a safe environment.
[edit on 17-12-2005 by Nerdling]