Washington FBI rescues 3 juvenile sex trafficking victims in sting

SEATTLE (AP) — A weeklong FBI operation aimed at helping sexually exploited children recovered three juveniles in Washington state.

The FBI task force also made contact with 119 adults who were being victimized through prostitution.

FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich says some of the adult victims had been forced into engaging in prostitution since they were juveniles. The victims were offered services in the community, including job training, housing, counseling and medical help.

Officials arrested 11 people suspected of exploiting children and adults. They also recovered cash, drugs, a gun and several vehicles.

The operation took place last week and included cities in eastern and western Washington: Issaquah, Pasco, Kennewick, Spokane, and Yakima. Operations also occurred in Everett, Kirkland, Lakewood, Port Orchard, and Seattle and throughout King, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties.

Cictims are offered a variety of services within the community, such as job training, housing, counseling, and medical and education assistance.

The operation was part of a national sting conducted in 135 cities. Altogether, authorities found 149 minors and arrested more than 150 people.

Oregon operation

The FBI in Portland says it rescued three child sex trafficking victims and arrested eight alleged pimps.

Authorities said Tuesday that underage trafficking victims were found in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon as well as Vancouver, Washington.

Seven people ranging in age from 31 through 48 were arrested on charges of promoting prostitution. A 25-year-old woman was charged with promoting commercial sex abuse of a minor.

The arrests took place in Portland, Eugene, Salem and Vancouver.