DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A joint operation involving 19 North Texas law enforcement agencies recovered five juveniles during an enforcement action focusing on commercial child sex trafficking.
The operation resulted in the arrests of four pimps, 18 johns, and three offenders who solicited children for sex trafficking via the internet.
The Dallas Division of the FBI worked in conjunction with Dallas Police and Homeland Security Investigations in executing the four-day operation.
“Collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement is crucial to identify and interrupt child prostitution operations,” said Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez. “The FBI and our partners are committed to providing care to the victims of child exploitation and bringing justice to those who try to profit from these criminal activities.”
The minors recovered during the operation ranged in age from 16 to 17, and included children who had previously run away from home.
Over the course of the operation, more than 65 women and children were offered relief services such as food, clothing, and referrals to facilities and shelters.
“The Dallas Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit and its High Risk Victims Squad, has developed a victim centered model for finding children who are enticed into sex trafficking,” said Dallas Police Chief David Brown. “The Dallas Police Department worked with our federal, state and local partners over the last four days to find these victims and find the offenders who are responsible for trafficking them.”
The operation is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.
The FBI is also extending a special thanks to their law enforcement partners who participated in the operation.
— Arlington Police Department
— Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
— Dallas Police Department
— Denton County District Attorney’s Office
— Denton County Sheriff’s Office
— Denton Police Department
— Fort Worth Police Department
— Grand Prairie Police Department
— Homeland Security Investigations
— Irving Police Department
— Lewisville Police Department
— Richardson Police Department
— Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office
— Texas Attorney General’s Office
— Texas Department of Public Safety
— U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Texas
— U.S. Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Texas
— U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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