By Kevin Johnson, USA Today
WASHINGTON -- The FBI announced Monday the arrests of 150 people and recovery of 105 children involved child prostitution rings in 76 cities across the country.
The sweep, conducted in the past three days, was carried out in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. It represents the largest such law enforcement action focused on children forced into prostitution.
"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 that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable."