Six children who had been victimized as prostitutes were rescued as part of an FBI and local law enforcement investigation in Sacramento, Chico, Redding and Vallejo that ran through last week.
The number of children recovered is one of the highest in the nation, according to an FBI news release. The investigation also resulted in police arresting six pimps.
Since 2008, teams in the Sacramento Division have recovered 23 children and arrested 18 pimps.
Operation Cross Country, which led the investigation, is a national project that targets sex trafficking of children within the United States. This project resulted in 79 children being rescued and 104 pimps being arrested nationwide.