PORTLAND -- Two teens were rescued and four pimps were arrested in the Portland area as part of a nationwide sex trafficking sting over the weekend.
"Authorities arrested four pimps and identified a suspected fifth pimp," said spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele of the Portland FBI office. "They also picked up 13 adult women who will likely face local prostitution charges. All of the adult women were offered the opportunity to access help through victim services and the social service partners."
The rescue of the two teen girls also involved a baby, she said.
The weekend sting, dubbed "Operation Cross Country," also included the arrest of at least four accused pimps in the Portland area. Court papers said that undercover officers responded to an "online ad for an escort service" which led them Trevon Reid, 20, at a local motel. They arrested Reid and rescued the 17-year-old girl whom agents said he was sexually exploiting.
More than 100 teenagers involved in sex trafficking and exploitation were rescued during the coordinated raids in 76 cities throughout the weekend, the FBI said Monday. The youngest child was 13 years old, the agency said.
Investigators said kids get trapped in a cycle that can involve drugs, physical abuse and even torture.
The raids resulted in the arrest of 150 pimps involved in the commercial exploitation of both adults and children, said Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal investigative division.
It was the FBI’s largest action to date focusing on the recovery of sexually exploited children, Hosko said.
The agency sent out raw video Monday of some of the raids (see below).