Bay Area law enforcement agencies are releasing details about a sting targeting underage prostitutes last week that was part of the national, five-day Operation Cross Country headed by the FBI that ended Sunday.
Authorities rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution and arrested 150 pimps and others in a three-day law enforcement sweep in 76 U.S. cities. The largest numbers of children rescued were in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to the FBI.
On a gray, drizzly afternoon last March, it was mostly empty along Oakland’s “Track,” a section of International Boulevard in the middle of the city that is known as a hub for prostitution.
Residents of two neighborhoods along Oakland’s International Boulevard held a rally Thursday night to fight back against the pimping and prostitution—particularly of young girls.
Oakland is going after pimps, johns and others involved in the sexual exploitation of women – four wheels at a time. The city’s Public Safety Committee approved an ordinance putting prosecutions back in the hands of the city attorney.