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FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution

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ATLANTA, Ga. -

The FBI says at least five children have been rescued across Georgia and Alabama during a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution this weekend. The agency says 105 children were rescued nationwide.

Two children forced into prostitution were rescued in Atlanta, according to FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmet of the FBI office in Atlanta. The FBI Atlanta Division made eight arrests in Atlanta and nine arrests in the Augusta-area. Birmingham saw two arrests and three rescues

Agents and partnered law enforcement made 150 arrests nationwide of people it described as pimps. There were no arrests or rescues in the Columbus area.

The campaign, known as "Operation Cross Country," was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI's "Innocence Lost" initiative. The assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigative division, Ron Hosko, said that child prostitution remains what he called a "persistent threat" to children across America.

A list of arrests and breakdowns by cities can be seen here (external link to FBI Web page).

The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.

AP Wire reports contributed to this report

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