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Four child exploitation victims recovered in Washington State

FBI in an operation
FBI in an operation
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Yesterday, Monday June 23, 2014, the Seattle division of FBI released information on the recovery of four child sex victims. Two Child Exploitation Task Forces (CETFs) in the state of Washington were running a program called Operation Cross Country VIII (OCC8). A week long local operation in Washington State was included in (OCC8). Operations were held June 16-19, 2014, in the areas of Seattle, Kent, Lacey, Olympia, Tacoma, Tukwila, Lakewood, and Everett.

There were large sums of cash and gun recovered by CETFs during this operation. According to the Seattle division of FBI, four child sex victims were recovered and 56 adult prostitutes were identified and/or interviewed by CETFs. They also arrested 13 suspects who were thought to be commercially exploiting children and/or adults and also suspected of related crimes. The multi-agency CETFs, working alongside other partnering agencies, contacted young women involved in prostitution by using undercover agents and detectives and by canvassing areas where street prostitution is known to occur.

The FBI Seattle Division works with law enforcement partners on two dedicated Child CETFs in Washington state, based in Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma. These two CETFs were The North-Central Sound CETF and The South Sound CETF in Tacoma. The Seattle FBI Division states that this opperation relied on extraordinary support by the Everett, Lacey, Olympia, Tacoma, and Tukwila Police Departments, which hosted command posts and provided significant resources.

The FBI Seattle Division says all the victims were offered a variety of services within the community, such as job training, housing, counseling, and medical and education assistance.