Several arrested during Cleveland leg of international crackdown on child sex trafficking

CLEVELAND - An weekend push to curb underage sex trafficking resulted in several people being arrested in Cleveland. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigations worked with authorities across the world in organizing "Operation Cross Country X" last weekend at various locations, including hotels, truck stops, and street corners. 

Authorities said two underage victims were recovered here in Cleveland.

Three people classified as "pimps/traffickers" were arrested, along with one prostitute and one person in possession of child pornography. 

A BMW and roughly $3,000 in cash were seized. 

"Operation Cross Country aims to shine a spotlight into the darkest corners of our society that seeks to prey on the most vulnerable of our population," FBI director James Comey said in an online statement.  "As part of this effort, we are not only looking to root out those who engage in the trafficking of minors, but, through our Office of Victim Assistance, we offer a lifeline to minors to help them escape from a virtual prison no person ever deserves."  

Operation Cross Country X was the biggest initiative of its kind, officials said. 


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