Six child victims and three pimps were discovered by law enforcement officers during the last several days in Texas. The apprehensions were made as the result of Operation Cross Country, an effort to curb commercial sex trafficking in the United States. Michelle Lee, a San Antonio-based FBI spokeswoman, told Breitbart Texas that the sexual exploitation of children is “increasing exponentially.”
The victims and pimps found during the most recent sting were located in Austin and San Antonio, according to a press release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The recovered children were victims of child prostitution.
“A lot of our victims are from broken homes,” Lee said. “The term that you use that we hear a lot, which is really sad, is ‘throwaway children.’ Those are children who come from broken homes where there are various kinds of abuse, as well as drug and alcohol problems. I think all families are difunctional to some degree–but we see a lot of kids from truly broken homes.”
Not all child victims, however, come from such households. Lee mentioned that the FBI deals with many kids from “middle class backgrounds,” as well.