NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - As part of a nationwide campaign to against underage prostitution, Hampton Roads law enforcement made numerous arrests this weekend.
Norfolk FBI along with police departments in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake, took part in Operation Cross Country, according to Vanessa Torres, a spokeswoman for Norfolk FBI.
"We did not recover any juveniles, but the police departments made numerous adult prostitution arrests," Torres said.
OCC is a three-day enforcement action to help the underage victims of prostitution and commercial sex trafficking in the U.S. Once a year, it is put on by the FBI in 76 cities across the country with the help of local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
This weekend was the seventh year of OCC and the largest, according to an FBI press release. Over the last 72 hours, 105 sexually exploited children were rescued and 159 pimps and other related individuals were arrested.
"Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America," said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, in the FBI release. "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."
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