UPDATE: FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution

Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
POSTED: 10:22 AM MDT Jul 29, 2013    UPDATED: 06:25 PM MDT Aug 06, 2013 
WASHINGTON -

The FBI says it has rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States and arrested 150 people it described as pimps and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities. Nineteen of the arrests were made in southern Colorado.

The campaign, known as "Operation Cross Country," was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI's "Innocence Lost" initiative. The assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigative division, Ron Hosko, said that child prostitution remains what he called a "persistent threat" to children across America.

Tuesday afternoon, the Colorado Springs Police Department said it made nine prostitution arrests during the three day operation. On Wednesday, Springs Police released their names:

Amanda TraceyAge 30
Monique AtencioAge 22
Damon McWaneAge 26 (Arrested on a warrant)
Kristina RoomeAge 29 (Arrested twice)
Stephanie ValenciaAge 33
Kara JohnsonAge 27
Jerome BarnesAge 33 (Arrested on a warrant)
Lashondra RayAge 20
Rachel Helen BarrAge 20


Monday afternoon, the Pueblo Police Department released the names of the ten people it arrested during the sting.

Alyssa TinlingAge 30Arrested for prostitution
Laura AbeytaAge 36Arrested for prostitution
Joanna AbrahamAge 23Arrested for prostitution
Trelynn NicholasAge 20Arrested for prostitution
Carla EscapinAge 24Arrested for prostitution
Alexandria CurtisAge 36Arrested for prostitution
Amelia TylerAge 27Arrested for prostitution
Leon VigilAge 75Arrested for soliciting a prostitute
Abel GonzalesAge 48Arrested for soliciting a prostitute
Ricky Lee BerryAge 42Arrested for soliciting a prostitute


The Pueblo Police Department did not recover any children during the operation.

The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.

The following list denotes FBI divisions, not necessarily actual cities, where juveniles were recovered and pimps were arrested.

FBI DivisionJuveniles RecoveredPimps Arrested
Atlanta28
Baltimore03
Birmingham32
Boston30
Charlotte13
Chicago21
Cincinnati02
Cleveland11
Columbia11
Dallas11
Denver96
Detroit1018
El Paso02
Houston30
Jackson110
Jacksonville01
Kansas City11
Knoxville07
Las Vegas21
Los Angeles23
Louisville03
Memphis32
Miami04
Milwaukee100
Minneapolis14
Newark05
New Haven51
New Orleans66
New York City00
Oklahoma City313
Omaha01
Philadelphia20
Phoenix20
Pittsburgh02
Portland34
Sacramento22
St. Louis20
Salt Lake City00
San Antonio14
San Diego56
San Francisco1217
Seattle33
Springfield02
Tampa30
Washington, D.C.00
Total105150