lunes, 29 de julio de 2013

Operación Cross Country VII. FBI rescata más de 105 niños y niñas sometidos a prostitución infantil. 150 criminales detenidos. USA

Mediante sucesivas Operaciones contra depredadores sexuales de niños, el FBI (USA) en operativos que ha denominado Cross Country ha logrado desarticular diversas bandas dedicadas a delitos en contra del pudor, la salud física y mental de niños y niñas, proxenetismo y pornografía infantil entre otros gravísimos delitos en territorio americano. 
 Por lo menos 150 personas fueron detenidas en las últimas horas y más de 105 niños y niñas han sido liberados de los criminales, que operaban en 76 ciudades de Estados Unidos, donde participaron unidades del FBI, policías secretas regionales y estatales y organizaciones dedicadas a la defensa y denuncia de esta clase de delitos en el mundo.
Un ejecutivo de NCMEC (The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) dijo altamente complacido a los medios de comunicación que: “La Operación Cross Country demuestra que muchos niños estadounidenses son vendidos por sexo todos los días, muchos en Internet”, y agregó: “Nos sentimos honrados y orgullosos de colaborar con el FBI, que ha tomado la delantera en la lucha contra este problema creciente”.
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 By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, July 29, 11:27 AM
WASHINGTON — Authorities rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution and arrested 150 pimps and others in a three-day law enforcement sweep in 76 American cities, the FBI said Monday. The victims, almost all girls, range in age from 13 to 17. The largest numbers of children rescued were in San Francisco, Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver and New Orleans. 
The campaign, known as Operation Cross Country, was conducted under the FBI’s Innocence Lost initiative. “Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across the country,” Ron Hosko, assistant director of the bureau’s criminal investigative division, told a press conference. 
The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003. The investigations and convictions of 1,350 have led to life imprisonment for 10 pimps and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets. For the past decade, the FBI has been attacking the problem in partnership with a non-profit group, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. John Ryan, the head of the center, called the problem “an escalating threat against America’s children.” 
 The Justice Department has estimated that nearly 450,000 children run away from home each year and that one-third of teens living on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. Congress has introduced legislation that would require state law enforcement, foster care and child welfare programs to identify children lured into sex trafficking as victims of abuse and neglect eligible for the appropriate protections and services. 
“In much of the country today if a girl is found in the custody of a so-called pimp she is not considered to be a victim of abuse, and that’s just wrong and defies common sense,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said during a Senate Finance Committee hearing last month. Wyden co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
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