FBI releases new information about major child sex operation

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – The FBI is releasing more information about a sting that ended with the arrest of 239 accused sex traffickers and rescue of 82 children.

As Action 2 News has reported, 15 arrests were made in Wisconsin. Three suspects have gone before a Brown County judge on charges including Trafficking and Child Enticement. Each suspect is accused of trying to meet an underage victim for sex.

Operation Cross Country X was conducted across the United States Oct. 13-16. Law enforcement in Cambodia, Canada, the Philippines, and Thailand also held operations.

During the Philippines sting, law enforcement rescued a 2-year-old girl, and two boys ages five and 11. Five people were arrested for operating an internet live stream in which people pay to watch children being sexually abused.

The youngest victim rescued in the United States is 13 years old.

In Milwaukee, two sisters, ages 16 and 17, told authorities that their mother was their pimp.

The FBI says busts took place at hotels, truck stops, street corners and other areas “frequented by pimps, prostitutes, and their customers.” Cross Country X is the largest sting in the history of the operation.

“Operation Cross Country aims to shine a spotlight into the darkest corners of our society that seeks to prey on the most vulnerable of our population,” said FBI Director James Comey.

Locally, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Green Bay Police Department, Ashwaubenon Public Safety, De Pere Police Department and FBI-Milwaukee took part in Operation Cross Country X. Investigators are set to hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Stay with Action 2 News for coverage.

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