Feds bust prostitution ring, rescue 69 missing kids

According to this AP article, over the course of three days, the FBI and local authorities broke up a prostitution sweep covering “dozens” of cities. In the process they arrested almost 900 people, including 100 or so alleged pimps, and rescued 69 child prostitutes who had been listed as missing.

A quote from the Examiner: “99 percent of the children were girls and many of the children have been away from their family for years.” Well, if there were only 69 kids rescued, 99 percent can’t have been girls, unless they rescued 69/100ths of a boy. I’m assuming it was probably 68 girls and one boy.

The Seattle Times says 24 of these child prostitutes and 9 of the pimps came from Seattle, and that Seattle leads the country in child prostitution. The more you know. I would have thought Las Vegas or Los Angeles or maybe New York. Closer to my own home, in Cleveland, two girls age 14 and 17 were found.

Chances are pretty good that at least some of these children were Charley Project cases. I hope they can be returned to their families and the healing can begin.

10 thoughts on “Feds bust prostitution ring, rescue 69 missing kids

  1. Jer November 8, 2010 / 10:36 pm

    Well it might have been a rounding thing too, because 68 of 69 is 98.55%. So it would make sense if that’s what happened here.

    Either that or we’re both nit picking on the math entirely too much….

  2. danielle November 8, 2010 / 10:58 pm

    I’m surprised that Seattle is the leader of child prostitution.

  3. Zoe November 9, 2010 / 1:05 am

    That is disgusting, wonder how old some of those kids were, or how many other kids have ended up as part of that and since died …

    Wonder if these were mainly runaways?

    • Meaghan November 9, 2010 / 1:29 am

      Probably. A lot of runaways wind up in the sex trade.

      There are also occasions when pimps hang out in suburban malls and approach middle-class girls, and befriend them and buy them things, and seduce them and convince them to runaway, and then force them into prostitution. It’s very sad.

  4. Justin November 9, 2010 / 2:33 am

    It doesn’t say what nationality these child prostitutes were. I remember that when I lived in Seattle ten years ago, the Port of Seattle and Vancouver were very busy because geographically, they were the closest major shipping ports to China, Korea and Japan. So a LOT of ships were coming in all the time. Perhaps it was also the first stop for human trafficing for prostitutes being brought into the U.S. as well.

  5. Tracey Reitterer November 9, 2010 / 4:46 am

    Congrats to Law Enforcement for a excellent job well done!

  6. Amy White November 9, 2010 / 6:35 am

    When the FBI and local law enforcement get negative publicity-after all, they are only human like everyone else-it’s good to remember that sometimes they totally ROCK! Counting the children and the people who care about them, they’ve just given hundreds of people their lives back.THANK-YOU FBI and local police departments everywhere.

  7. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. November 9, 2010 / 10:03 am

    Seattle “leading the country in child prostitution” must be a pretty proud feather in their Chamber of Commerce’s cap, not.

    • Meaghan November 9, 2010 / 3:10 pm

      *imagines this listed on a Seattle Tourism Bureau brochure*

      Sex tourism does bring in a lot of money…

  8. Selly November 11, 2010 / 6:12 pm

    I always wonder where those children are that just go missing one day. This is so scary, to think we are in a world where “people” will steal a child, rape them and sell them into slavery, prostitution or labor. But these stories of children/people being rescued or found alive and safe is wonderful.

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