3 Teen Prostitutes Rescued Here In Cross-Country Sting

CHICAGO (CBS) – Nearly 70 children across the country, including three in the Chicago area, have been rescued in a disturbing investigation.

They had been forced into childhood prostitution in 40 cities.

CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman talked local authorities about the cross-country sting.

There’s an underworld where sex is for sale, and minors are made to walk the streets.

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Marian Hatcher with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office counsels young girls she calls victims of the trade. Some have been as young as 14.

Just over the weekend, an FBI initiative called “Operation Cross Country 5” rescued three of them in the Chicago metro area. Across the country, 69 prostitutes were taken into protective custody.

“The minors … are being treated as victims,” not charged as criminals, FBI spokesman Ross Rice said.

Undercover agents responded to ads. At a few locations, minors showed up to hotel rooms to sell sex, and law enforcement arrested the people handling the young prostitutes.

“We’re targeting the people that either forced or were profiting from their illicit activities,” Rice said.

In all, they busted 49 adults in the Chicago region. Not all cases were youth-related, but three were.

“That’s huge,” Hatcher said.

Hatcher knows social services they will now get could change their lives, as they changed hers. She succumbed to the streets but beat it. Still, she said, it’s difficult, because of the control pimps exercise.

As for the local rescues, one of the girls just turned 17. The other two are 16. Authorities saved them at hotels in Downers Grove, Lansing and South Holland.

  • C.J.

    Wow Mike – that’s rough! I think that even if they knew what they were doing, they are children and have no clue about the decisions that they are making. I attended a Cook County Board of Health Meeting this summer where a physician spoke on how the human brain does not fully mature until age 25 – so teens are not equipped to make decisions as to whether or not they can sell sex….

  • antony

    Mike I don’t hold your behavior against you because I realize it was caused by childhood trauma; your parents spanked you when you fell on your head and broke the cement.

  • david

    Who let this degenerate post a comment like that? Is this guy their pimp?

  • JuJubeze

    C. J —-wake up ~! that’s all classroom material regarding age 25 —Please, tell me—Where are the Parents to these children— they can see how they dress and act!~

    • Robin Quackenbush

      Obviously not available for comment!

      In most cases I would venture a guess that they are fleeing abusive homes or homes where the parents are to consomed by their own lives to realize their children are on their own!

      Drugs alcohol abusers tend to be neligent as well.

  • Robin Quackenbush

    Where as I am glad that those teens were rescued I can not help but wonder what led them there in the first place.

    I am a surviver of severe sexual abuse by a large group of men who begin savagely asualting children as young as 3 and training them from infancy.

    How to walk talk and even eat sexy!

    How many of these children our out there they are not numbered as they are kept under wraps and the control exhibited by there controllers is insurmountable to even the most savey of children.

    I know first hand as I was one of these children the difference between now and then is they have even higher tech ways in witch to hide the children and exploit them.

    It is my hope that our system steps up to the plate and find the younger more hidden children!

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