The Wisconsin Department of Justice announced Monday that Wisconsin officials participated in a large-scale, FBI-led child sex trafficking operation that rescued 10 children.
The operation is known nationwide as Operation Cross Country VII, and the three-day operation in Wisconsin was conducted in the areas of Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Dells and the Fox Valley, according to the release.
Officials said ten children were rescued and 100 suspects were arrested in Wisconsin as part of the operation.
According to the release, victims and the pimps travel throughout the state to work and do not necessarily reside in the area where they were located during OCC7.
The FBI said the victims, almost all girls, range in age from 13 to 17.
“Children rescued as a result of these types of operations are often vulnerable and have been misled with promises of food, shelter and a future, and oftentimes, love, only to be ensnared into a life of isolation, intimidation, violence and sex trafficking,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in the release. “We know child sex trafficking occurs in Wisconsin, and with newly added resources, we want those looking to prostitute children to know that their organized crime won’t be tolerated here.”
The top recoveries of juveniles around the country were in San Francisco, where 12 children were rescued; Detroit and Milwaukee. where 10 were rescued in each city; Denver, where nine were rescued; New Haven and New Orleans, where six were rescued in each city; and San Diego, where five were rescued, according to the release.
Officials said during last year’s Operation Cross Country, six children were rescued and nearly 60 individuals were arrested in Wisconsin.