The FBI in Houston says it rescued three young girls during last weekend's nationwide crackdown on child sex trafficking.
The girls ages 15, 16, and 17 were among 105 children rescued in 76 cities -- part of the FBI's "Operation Cross Country" which also netted 150 arrests.
However, no arrests were made in the Houston area.
“The first part is rescuing these young girls off the streets,” says FBI spokesperson Shauna Dunlap. “The next part is trying to determine how they ended up there and whether they were under the operation of a pimp.”
“Pretty much at any given time, there are young girls on our streets right here in Houston,” she tells KTRH News. “And they are being trafficked for purposes of sex trafficking.”
FBI assistant director Ronald Hasko told reporters child prostitution remains a "persistent threat" in the U.S.
“We've seen significant activity around the NCAA Final Four and the Super Bowl, and we have children recovered from each of those events,” he said.
Hasko says these girls come from all walks of life, and are typically 13 to 16-years-old.
“That tends to be the age where many of us as loving and caring parents occasionally find some differences with our teenage daughters,” said Hasko.
The campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,000 children since 2003.