CLEVELAND (AP) — The FBI says 16 children victimized through prostitution were rescued as agencies throughout northern Ohio partnered on a law enforcement operation targeting child sex trafficking.
The agency says it was part of a nationwide initiative last week in which agents and local police recovered a total of 168 child sex trafficking victims. They also arrested 281 pimps, including a dozen in Ohio who face state and federal charges.
The FBI says officers recovered 11 juveniles in Cleveland, four in Toledo and one in Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh).
This is the eighth such weeklong operation. The FBI says more than 3,400 exploited children have been recovered by the agency and its law enforcement partners.