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Girl arrested in ArkLaTex as part of nationwide investigation into trafficking of juveniles

(Source: FBI) (Source: FBI)
(Source: FBI) (Source: FBI)
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A girl was rescued in Shreveport as part of the FBI's latest nationwide effort to combat human trafficking of juveniles, the agency reports.

FBI child exploitation task forces in Shreveport, Baton Rouge and New Orleans recovered the minor and arrested four traffickers as part of Operation Cross Country XI actions conducted out of the FBI's New Orleans field office, spokesman Craig Betbeze said. 

The Shreveport area task force arrested a 17-year-old high school student who traveled about two hours to engage in prostitution in the Northwest Louisiana city.

Authorities then contacted the girl's family, provided victim services and offered assistance from local nonprofits, Betbeze said.

In Baton Rouge, an 18-month-old baby was found when an undercover agent showed up posing as a customer.  

Agents arrested the child's mother and released the child to the state Department of Children and Family Services.

Operation Cross Country is an annual FBI-led effort that focuses on recovering children involved in prostitution, holding sex traffickers accountable and drawing the public’s attention to the problem at home and abroad. 

The 11th annual effort led to the recovery of 84 sexually exploited juveniles and the arrests of 120 traffickers, authorities report.

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