The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has rescued a 16-year-old White Plains girl from sex traffickers as part of an annual initiative focused on recovering underage victims of prostitution dubbed Operation Cross County X, according to a spokesperson from the FBI New York Press Office. This year was the tenth iteration of Cross Country, rescuing 82 minors across the United States and, for the first time, in several other countries around the world, including Cambodia, Canada, the Philippines, and Thailand. The spokesperson also confirms that the FBI’s New York Division was able to rescue a 16-year-old female victim who was found in New York City and had reportedly been trafficked since she was 13.
This year’s Operation Cross Country was the largest to date, involving 55 FBI field offices. Locally, police departments in Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Clarkstown, Greenburgh, and the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office assisted investigators.
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“This is a depressing day in law enforcement because this is the world we live in and the work we have to do,” FBI Director James Comey insisted at press conference. “But it is also a proud day for law enforcement because there are people who spend every day worrying about how to rescue these children. They are true heroes.”