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SLIDESHOW: 19 arrested in Chattanooga in connection with FBI trafficking sting

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Officers in Chattanooga arrested eight pimps and 11 prostitutes in connection with a nationwide FBI sting.

Agents with the FBI headquarters in Knoxville say the arrests were in connection with Operation Cross Country.

READ MORE | More than 100 teens rescued in weekend sex-trafficking raids, FBI says

He says they did not recover and juveniles, all the arrests were adults.

FBI agents recovered 105 sexually exploited children and arrested 150 pimps and other individuals. The sting was a three day nationwide enforcement.

The sweep took place in 76 cities and was carried out by the FBI in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America," said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division in a release on the FBI's website. "This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable."

Since its creation in 2003, the Innocence Lost National Initiative has resulted in the identification and recovery of more than 2,700 children who have been sexually exploited. Behind those numbers are the stories of real victims.

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