DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – They called it “Operation Independence Day” and during the monthlong FBI-led operation officials arrested sex traffickers and recovered more than 100 child victims in Texas and across the country.
The city of Dallas came in only second to Las Vegas in the number of teenagers who agents believe were sex trafficking victims. In all, 13 juveniles were recovered and identified in Dallas. The difference was by a single digit in Vegas, where 14 young people were located.READ MORE: North Texas Mom Hospitalized 93 Days With COVID-19 Delivers Healthy Baby Girl
Operation Independence Day also found 3 teens in Houston and 4 in San Antonio that are believed to have been in the sex trade.READ MORE: DFW Area Has 5 Boys Basketball Players Named McDonald’s All Americans
The sweep included undercover operations and has led to the opening of five dozen federal criminal investigations
In all, the bureau says 103 underage victims were identified or recovered nationwide and 67 suspected traffickers were arrested.
The monthlong effort involved the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.MORE NEWS: Dallas ISD To Launch Full-Time Virtual School This Coming Fall
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