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FBI operation arrests three suspected sex traffickers in Washington state

SEATTLE, Wash. - On October 12-15, three Child Exploitation Task Forces (CETFs) in Washington State, along with other local partners, arrested three subjects suspected of commercially exploiting children and/or adults, and of related crimes.

The CETFs also contacted 32 adult females being exploited through prostitution. Some of the adults had been forced into prostitution as juveniles.

The local operations were part of Operation Cross Country XI.

Operations occurred in Burlington, Everett, Fife, Kent, Spokane, and throughout King, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, and Spokane counties. Victims and the pimps travel throughout eastern and western Washington to work and do not necessarily reside in the area where they were located this week. 

Two subjects were arrested in Kent on October 12 and one subject was arrested in Burlington on October 13.

The multi-agency CETFs, working with additional partnering agencies, made contact with young
women who were offered in online ads for paid, sexual services. Undercover agents and
detectives met them and interviewed them for information that could help identify and locate
those responsible for their sexual exploitation.

All the victims were offered referrals to and information on a variety of services within the
community, such as job training, housing, counseling, and medical and education
assistance. Immediate medical and safety needs were addressed.

This is the 11th iteration of the FBI-led initiative that took place across the United States and in
several countries around the world. Law enforcement partners in Canada, United Kingdom,
Cambodia, the Philippines, and Thailand held operations in their respective countries.


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