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FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution, 2 from Chicago

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Two people in the Chicago area were among the 150 people arrested nationwide as part of a FBI three-day sting targeting commercial child sex trafficking.

Two juveniles engaged in illicit sexual activities were also recovered during the sting in the Chicago area, according to the FBI.

The nationwide sweep, dubbed "Operation Cross Country," resulted in the recovery of 105 children--some as young as 13--who were the victims of sexual exploitation, the FBI said.

The FBI says it found most of them by monitoring websites that offered sex for sale.

The 70-city sting also resulted in 96 adults arrested on solicitation charges, one pimp arrested and another identified, the FBI said.

"Operation Cross Country" is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, established in 2003 as a collaborative effort between the FBI, Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to address the growing problem of child prostitution, the FBI said.

To date, more than 2,700 children have been recovered from the streets, the FBI said. There have been 1,350 convictions that have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 10 life terms, and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

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