Hundreds of Children Saved In Prostitution Bust

FBI arrests hundreds in child prostitution bust

More than 100 people have been arrested through out the Bay Area as  part of a nationwide FBI sting operation targeting child prostitution, an FBI  spokesman said Monday.

Arrests were made in the past several days in Oakland, Concord,  San Jose, Campbell, Morgan Hill, San Mateo, Santa Rosa, San Rafael and San  Francisco, FBI spokesman Joe Schadler said.

Some children who were forced into prostitution were rescued as  part of the operation, Schadler said.

Schadler said further details would be provided at a news  conference by FBI and local law enforcement officials at the Oakland Police  Department Tuesday.

FBI officials in Washington, D.C. announced that  "Operation Cross Country II," a three-day undercover operation conducted last  week, resulted in 642 arrests in 29 cities.

The arrests included 73 alleged pimps and 518 alleged prostitutes,  the FBI reported.

In addition, 47 children working as prostitutes - who range in age  from 13 to 17 - were rescued during the operation, according to the FBI.

Ten of those children had been listed as missing by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the FBI said.

According to the FBI, the arrests were able to disrupt 12  "large-scale" prostitution operations nationwide.

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