Operation Cross Country, a national FBI campaign to find missing children and minor victims netted one arrest in Arkansas, an FB I news release announced.
In Arkansas, FBI agents from the Fayetteville Resident Agency partnered with northwest Arkansas victim advocacy organizations and law enforcement from Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Bentonville Police Department, Greenland School District Police Department, Lakeview Police Department, Rogers Police Department, Siloam Springs Police Department, and the University of Arkansas Police Department. Beginning on August 4th, this team identified and located two human trafficking victims, arrested one alleged human trafficker, and apprehended three individuals who allegedly traveled or intended to
travel to northwest Arkansas from other states and cities in separate attempts to engage in unlawful sexual conduct with minors.
Nationwide, the FBI said it had located 84 minor victims and found 37 missing children in the last two weeks. It also found 141 adult victims of human trafficking and identified 85 suspects in child sexual exploitation of human trafficking offenses. The average age of minor victims was 16, with one as young as 11, the FBI said.