Recently, the FBI had a three-night initiative called Operation Cross Country. This was a nationwide sweep aiming to save children from prostitution.…

Recently, the FBI had a three-night initiative called Operation Cross Country. This was a nationwide sweep aiming to save children from prostitution. This is the third such operation — it is part of a broader federal program against the sexual exploitation of children. The prostitutes that they rescued ranged from ages 13 to 17 and many of them were runaways that were forced into prostitution. A lot of the individuals rescued in this operation had no source of support from family or friends. Their “pimps” treated them badly, yet due to their lack of support, they had no one to turn to for help in the situation.   Since 2000, there has been a 51 percent increase in the number of crisis calls to the National Runaway Switchboard relating to prostitution. NRS offers confidential, judgment free support for youth at risk in any situation.   – Vivian