FBI – News on Underage Prostitution

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105 Juveniles Recovered in Nationwide Operation Targeting Underage Prostitution

Washington, D.C.July 29, 2013
  • FBI National Press Office(202) 324-3691

During the past 72 hours, the FBI; its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted Operation Cross Country VII, a three-day enforcement action to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States. The operation included enforcement actions in 76 cities across 47 FBI divisions nationwide and led to the recovery of 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

“Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere, and the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable.”

Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and NCMEC, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.

“Operation Cross Country demonstrates just how many of America’s children are being sold for sex every day, many on the Internet,” said John Ryan, CEO of NCMEC. “We’re honored and proud to partner with the FBI, which has taken the lead in tackling this escalating problem.”

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 2,700 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 1,350 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 10 life terms and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

Task force operations usually begin as local enforcement actions that target truck stops, casinos, street “tracks,” and websites that advertise dating or escort services, based on intelligence gathered by officers working in their respective jurisdictions. Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further develop this evidence in partnership with U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section so that prosecutors can help bring federal charges in those cities where child prostitution occurs.

The Innocence Lost National Initiative brings state and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers from across the country to NCMEC for training.

The FBI thanks the its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners representing more than 230 separate agencies who participated in Operation Cross Country VII and their ongoing enforcement efforts.

The following list denotes FBI divisions, not necessarily actual cities, where juveniles were recovered and pimps were arrested.

FBI Division Juveniles Recovered Pimps Arrested
Atlanta 2 8
Baltimore 0 3
Birmingham 3 2
Boston 3 0
Charlotte 1 3
Chicago 2 1
Cincinnati 0 2
Cleveland 1 1
Columbia 1 1
Dallas 1 1
Denver 9 6
Detroit 10 18
El Paso 0 2
Houston 3 0
Jackson 1 10
Jacksonville 0 1
Kansas City 1 1
Knoxville 0 7
Las Vegas 2 1
Los Angeles 2 3
Louisville 0 3
Memphis 3 2
Miami 0 4
Milwaukee 10 0
Minneapolis 1 4
Newark 0 5
New Haven 5 1
New Orleans 6 6
New York City 0 0
Oklahoma City 3 13
Omaha 0 1
Philadelphia 2 0
Phoenix 2 0
Pittsburgh 0 2
Portland 3 4
Sacramento 2 2
St. Louis 2 0
Salt Lake City 0 0
San Antonio 1 4
San Diego 5 6
San Francisco 12 17
Seattle 3 3
Springfield 0 2
Tampa 3 0
Washington, D.C. 0 0
Total 105 150


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Democracy Now – Pakistani Report on Drone Strikes

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A leaked Pakistani government report has bolstered claims that civilian casualties from U.S. drone strikes are far higher than the Obama administration has been willing to admit. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has released figures from the Pakistani government’s own research into casualties from drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The Pakistani report investigates 75 CIAdrone strikes and five operations by NATO between 2006 and 2009. It finds that the attacks left at least 746 people dead, including at least 147 civilians, 94 of them children — a conservative count given the omission of key data. The high number of civilian casualties directly contradicts statements made by senior Obama administration officials and top lawmakers. We go London to speak with Chris Woods, a reporter with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s drones investigation team, which won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism last month.

First Leaked Pakistani Report on U.S. Drone War Undermines Claims of Low Civilian Toll

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Live Encounters Magazine August 2013

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Live Encounters Magazine August 2013

Mark Ulyseas – Whose swastika is it anyway?
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Investors Balking on Ecuador’s Amazonian Oil Auction

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The Sarayaku forest at dawn

Last month Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa issued an apology for the oil spill that wreaked havoc on communities and ecosystems throughout the Amazon Basin. The 420,000-gallon spill flowed downstream to Peru and has impacted at least 32 indigenous communities in the Amazonian province of Loreto, prompting the Peruvian government to threaten legal action. Brazil, worried that the spill will reach its border, has alerted its navy, and Ecuador has hired U.S. company Oil Spill Response to test for contamination in Brazil and Colombia.

What the media narrative has largely missed is that there is an oil spill nearly every week in Ecuador. Just between 2000 and 2010 there were 539 oil spills. So why is this spill gathering international media attention while hundreds of others go unreported?

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