FBI San Francisco
San Francisco Media Office
October 18, 2017

FBI San Francisco Announces Results of Operation Cross Country XI

Underage Sex Trafficking Crackdown Leads to Recovery of 84 Minors Nationwide

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), announced  that 84 minors were recovered and 120 traffickers were arrested as part of Operation Cross Country XI, a nationwide effort focusing on underage human trafficking that ran from October 12-15, 2017.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, multiple local and state agencies conducted operations in conjunction with the FBI San Francisco Division. These operations led to the successful recovery of one juvenile trafficking victim, aged 17, and one adult human trafficking victim, who are both receiving services from agencies dedicated to assisting trafficking victims. Additionally, the adult women involved in prostitution who were contacted during the operation were also offered victim and support services.

The following are statistics recorded as a result of Operation Cross Country XI in the Bay Area:

  • Juveniles recovered: One
  • Adult victims of human trafficking recovered: One
  • Pimps arrested or cited: Four
  • Adult women contacted, arrested, cited for prostitution: 27
  • Adult men (“tricks” or “Johns”) arrested or cited: 12
  • Adult men arrested for solicitation of a minor for lewd purposes: Five
  • Adults with probation violations (convicted for pimping or human trafficking): Four

FBI San Francisco Division partnered with the following agencies throughout Operation Cross Country XI:

  • San Rafael Police Department
  • Marin County Sheriff's Office
  • Novato Police Department
  • Central Marin Police Authority
  • San Francisco Police Department
  • California Division of Adult Parole Operations
  • Redwood City Police Department
  • San Mateo County Sheriff
  • Menlo Park Police Department
  • Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
  • Alameda County Probation Department
  • Hayward Police Department
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Richmond Police Department
  • Contra Costa County Probation Department
  • U.S. Probation Office, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California
  • Alameda County District Attorney's Office
  • San Francisco District Attorney's Bureau of Investigations
  • San Jose Police Department
  • Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
  • Santa Clara County District Attorney's Bureau of Investigations

This year, Bay Area law enforcement agencies put an additional operational focus on pimps, particularly those involved in the human trafficking of minors. Pimps who force or coerce adults to engage in prostitution are also committing acts of human trafficking.

“We at the FBI have no greater mission than to protect our nation's children from harm. Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested—and the number of children recovered—reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “This operation isn't just about taking traffickers off the street. It's about making sure we offer help and a way out to these young victims who find themselves caught in a vicious cycle of abuse.”

Operation Cross Country XI is part of the FBI's Innocence Lost National Initiative, which began in 2003 and has yielded more than 6,500 child identifications and locations. For additional information on Operation Cross Country XI and the Innocence Lost initiative, please visit www.fbi.gov.

Note to Editors: B-Roll and interviews associated with Operation Cross Country can be downloaded at www.fbi.gov/occxi.

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