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Jul 29, 2013 2:58 PM

Six juveniles rescued, 76 across Louisiana arrested in FBI sex trafficking sting

NEW ORLEANS | Six children were recovered -- four in the New Orleans area, and two in the Baton Rouge area -- as part of a nationwide FBI sting operation conducted over the weekend.

The three-day operation to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States included raids in 76 cities across 47 FBI divisions nationwide and led to the recovery of 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution.

Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

"The success of the Louisiana element of this national initiative could not have been achieved without the relentless investigative efforts of our state, local and federal law enforcement partners with our FBI Agent and Professional Staff assigned throughout the state," said Michael Anderson, Special Agent in Charge, New Orleans Division.

Across Louisiana, 76 arrests were made, and six children were recovered - four in the New Orleans area, and two in the Baton Rouge area. Below is the breakdown from across the state, and the participating agencies:

New Orleans:
Juveniles recovered: 4
Pimps: 1
Adults (prostitutes): 17

Baton Rouge:
Juveniles recovered: 2
Pimps: 1
Adults (prostitutes): 21

Shreveport:
Juveniles: 0
Pimps: 1
Adults (prostitutes): 11

Alexandria:
Juveniles: 0
Pimps: 1
Adults (prostitutes): 7

Lake Charles:
Juveniles: 0
Pimps: 2
Adults (prostitutes): 8

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