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FBI agents rescue children in prostitution raids.

Summary: FBI agents have rescued 52 children in a series of raids around the US targeting under-age prostitution.

FBI agents have rescued 52 children in a series of raids around the US targeting under-age prostitution.

The bureau and local police officials also arrested 60 pimps during the three-day operation in 36 cities.

Agent John Gillies said: "They try to get these girls addicted to drugs, until they are in a position where they are dependent on the predators."

The raids were the latest in a long-running investigation, named Operation Cross Country, aimed at child prostitution rings. Authorities said the youngest victim was just ten years old.

Almost 1,600 agents and officers took part in the raids, which led to federal and state charges against a total of 691 suspects.

The investigations typically target places where minors are likely to be sold for sex, including truck stops, casinos, public streets, and Internet Sites.

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