Federal and Local Law Enforcement Combat Commercial Child Sex Trafficking
As part of Operation Cross Country XI, federal and local law enforcement personnel staged operations in hotels, casinos, truck stops, on Internet websites, and street corners. The youngest victim recovered during this year’s operation was 3 months old, while the average age of victims recovered during the operation was 15 years old.
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.
The following law enforcement agencies participated in Operation Cross County operations in North Carolina: the FBI, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Raleigh Police Department, Fayetteville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Lumberton Police Department, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and United States Marshals Service.