Oceanside CA– On June 19th and 20th, members of the Oceanside Police Department’s Special Enforcement Section, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, participated in a anti-human trafficking operation titled “Operation Cross Country’. SES arrested five people for prostitution and one person for pimping on Thursday, June 19th plus an additional five people were arrested for prostitution on Friday the 20th.
Operation Cross Country is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative and was conducted with the assistance of more than 8,500 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers representing 414 separate agencies. To date, 47 Innocence Lost Task Forces and working groups have recovered more than 2,200 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 1,017 convictions of pimps, madams, and their associates who exploit children through prostitution have resulted in lengthy sentences—including multiple sentences of 25 years to life in prison—and the seizure of more than $3 million in assets.
“Child prostitution remains a major threat to children across America,” said Kevin Perkins, acting executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “It is a violent and deplorable crime, and we are working with our partners to disrupt and put behind bars individuals and members of criminal enterprises who would sexually exploit children.”