DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The FBI says a crackdown on child trafficking has recovered 12 in Michigan and resulted in 54 arrests.
Those arrested last Thursday through Saturday include eight sex traffickers or pimps and 46 other people allegedly involved in prostitution.
The FBI said Wednesday the Michigan results were part of a nationwide crackdown that recovered 84 children and captured 120 alleged traffickers.
The national crackdown involved 55 FBI field offices. The youngest victim recovered was 3-months-old and the average age of recovered victims was 15. The FBI says agents and task force officers staged operations in hotels, casinos and truck stops, on street corners and on websites.
“We definitely want to arrest those who have exploited children, but our primary goal is really to recover children and then not only from the recovery standpoint but providing them victim services to get them back home or back integrated into society,” said Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers.
The children recovered in Michigan will get help from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Salvation Army.
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