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About 100 Wisconsin arrests as part of nationwide child sex trafficking sting

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - About 100 people were arrested in Wisconsin during the weekend, as part of a national FBI crackdown on child sex trafficking.

Ten children were rescued, after they were said to be recruited for child prostitution.

According to the FBI, undercover officers went to areas known for prostitution activity, and they made contact with young victims. This was the 7th time that “Operation Cross Country” took place.

The latest effort centered on Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Dells, and the Fox Valley.

The FBI worked with the state Justice Department and local law enforcement agencies on the crackdown.

Officials said the pimps took their victims throughout Wisconsin for prostitution – and they did not necessarily live in the places where authorities found them. A similar operation in Wisconsin netted 60 suspects and rescued six children a year ago.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says it’s well-known that child sex trafficking occurs in Wisconsin – and with newly-added resources, he says such crimes will not be tolerated in the Badger State.