A nation-wide human trafficking sting resulted in two arrests in Nebraska and two minors rescued
Operation Cross Country XI took place earlier this month in cities across the country.
Nationally, 84 minors were rescued while human trafficking charges have been leveled against 120 people.
FBI spokesman Houston Pullen says working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, authorities staged operations in hotels, casinos, truck stops, street corners, as well as over the Internet.
“If you look at trends, if you look at statistics on what we’ve seen in the past or what other law enforcement agencies have seen in the past, that’s why you see a lot of those types of areas targeted, because that’s where most of these kinds of situations can transpire and that’s why we’re looking at those heavily,” Pullen tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
The sting was carried out October 12th through the 15th in cities across the country.
The FBI Omaha Child Exploitation Task Force recovered the two minors and mad the two arrests as part of operations based out of the Omaha field office. Fifty-five FBI field offices and 78 state and local task forces carried out the operation.
The FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which began in 2003 and has yielded more than 6,500 child identifications and locations.
William Padmore, KLIN, contributed to this story.