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NORFOLK -- Law enforcement officials recovered 168 child victims of commercial sex trafficking in a nationwide sweep during the past week and arrested 281 pimps, the FBI said Monday.

The recoveries and arrests took place in 106 cities as part of a week-long campaign targeting truck stops, casinos, websites that advertise dating or escort services and metro areas populated by strip clubs and pornography stores.

This is the eighth time the FBI has coordinated a nationwide child prostitution action, FBI Director James Comey said. Known as Operation Cross Country, the operation involves 54 FBI field divisions and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

In the past seven years, the sweeps have identified and recovered about 3,400 children who have been sexually exploited, the FBI said. The operation also has led to 1,450 convictions, 14 life prison terms, and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

'Operation Cross Country reveals that children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day,' said John Ryan, president and CEO of the national center.

'Every child deserves to be safe and sound,' Comey said in announcing the update.

Initial arrests often cover violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states.

FBI agents develop this evidence in partnership with U.S. Attorney's Offices and the Justice Department's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section so that prosecutors can help bring federal charges in cities where child prostitution occurs.

Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, established in 2003 by the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Justice Department and national center.

The following list denotes FBI divisions, not necessarily actual cities, where juveniles were recovered and pimps were arrested.

Anchorage - 3 pimps arrested
Atlanta - 11 juveniles recovered, 15 pimps arrested
Baltimore - 2 juveniles recovered, 5 pimps arrested
Birmingham - 1 juvenile recovered, 3 pimps arrested
Buffalo - 2 juveniles recovered
Charlotte - 3 pimps arrested
Chicago - 13 juveniles recovered, 4 pimps arrested
Cincinnati - 1 pimp arrested
Cleveland - 16 juveniles recovered, 12 pimps arrested
Columbia - 1 juvenile recovered, 2 pimps arrested
Dallas - 2 juveniles recovered, 2 pimps arrested
Denver - 18 juveniles recovered, 11 pimps arrested
Detroit - 5 juveniles recovered, 6 pimps arrested
El Paso - 1 pimp arrested
Houston - 4 juveniles recovered, 4 pimps arrested
Indianapolis - 4 juveniles recovered, 3 pimps arrested
Jackson - 2 juveniles recovered, 19 pimps arrested
Jacksonville - 1 pimp arrested
Kansas City - 2 juveniles recovered, 7 pimps arrested
Knoxville - 1 pimp arrested
Las Vegas - 7 juveniles recovered, 2 pimps arrested
Little Rock - 2 juveniles recovered, 5 pimps arrested
Los Angeles - 10 juveniles recovered, 12 pimps arrested
Louisville - 4 pimps arrested
Memphis - 2 juveniles recovered, 5 pimps arrested
Miami - 3 juveniles recovered, 4 pimps arrested
Milwaukee - 6 juveniles recovered, 12 pimps arrested
Minneapolis - 1 juvenile recovered, 9 pimps arrested
Newark - 1 juveniles recovered, 8 pimps arrested
New Haven - 1 juvenile recovered, 1 pimp arrested
New Orleans - 3 juveniles recovered, 17 pimps arrested
New York - 3 juveniles recovered, 3 pimps arrested
Norfolk - 1 pimp arrested
Oklahoma City - 2 juveniles recovered, 14 arrested
Omaha - 1 juvenile recovered, 2 pimps arrested
Philadelphia - 2 pimps arrested
Phoenix - 5 juveniles recovered, 21 pimps arrested
Pittsburgh - 3 pimps arrested
Portland - 1 juvenile recovered, 2 pimps arrested
Richmond - 2 pimps arrested
Sacramento - 9 juveniles recovered, 7 pimps arrested
San Antonio - 6 juveniles recovered, 3 pimps arrested
San Diego - 2 juveniles recovered, 6 pimps arrested
San Francisco - 6 juveniles recovered, 13 pimps arrested
Seattle - 4 juveniles recovered, 13 pimps arrested
Springfield - 2 juveniles recovered, 1 pimp arrested
St. Louis - 1 pimp arrested
Tampa - 8 juveniles recovered, 3 pimps arrested
Washington - 2 pimps arrested

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