Columbia Prostitution Arrests Part of Larger FBI Operation

3 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Monday, June 23 2014 Jun 23, 2014 Monday, June 23, 2014 4:13:00 PM CDT June 23, 2014 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY - The FBI announced the results of a nation-wide operation targeting underage prostitution Monday that included a prostitution bust in Columbia over the weekend.

Special Agent in Charge Michael Kaste of the FBI Kansas City Division announced two juveniles ranging in age from 16 to 17 years old were recovered and seven pimps were arrested in Missouri and Kansas over the past week.

The operation, known as Operation Cross Country VIII, is a nation-wide initiative to address commercial child sex trafficking.

The FBI, along with its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, conducted the operation in seven cities throughout Kansas and Missouri including Kansas City, Topeka, Manhattan and Wichita, Kansas as well as Columbia, Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri.

A prostitution bust in Columbia over the weekend was a result of Operation Cross Country VIII.

Throughout the nation, a total of 168 child victims were recovered and 281 pimps were arrested.

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