Local police participate in annual FBI initiative against sex trafficking

FBI Director James Comey, along with law enforcement partners, announces the results of Operation Cross Country X at a press conference in San Diego, California on October 17, 2016. Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigations.
FBI Director James Comey, along with law enforcement partners, announces the results of Operation Cross Country X at a press conference in San Diego, California on October 17, 2016. Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigations.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Local Hampton Roads police departments and divisions recently participated in the FBI’s Operation Cross Country — an initiative focused on recovering underage victims of sex trafficking.

In Detroit, an FBI agent takes a suspected pimp into custody. Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigations.
In Detroit, an FBI agent takes a suspected pimp into custody. Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The FBI says 82 sexually exploited juveniles were recovered and 239 people were arrested. This year’s operation involved  55 FBI field offices as well as 74 FBI-led task forces made up of 400 law enforcement agencies.

Police from Hampton, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach participated in the initiative, resulting in the recovery of one underage victim. According to the FBI, the youngest victim recovered in the operation was 13.