Kids in Ohio saved from sex trafficking

Associated Press Published:

CLEVELAND -- 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.

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.

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