The FBI has confirmed that a 3-month-old baby that was rescued from a recent child trafficking ring bust, was being sold to an elite pedophile for $600.
The infant was the youngest child rescued during the huge Operation Cross County XI sting that took place across the United States last week.
The sweeping raids targeted national pedophilia networks and took place in multiple states as a joint effort between federal agents and state police.
The massive sting operation saw 84 children rescued and 120 adults arrested.
The successful operation also netted an unprecedented amount of intel on other pedophiles operating throughout the US and beyond.
The evidence gathered during the raids is said to offer a “Rosetta Stone” of information that will lead to “hundreds more” arrests that will reach “right to the top of the spectrum”.
According to Fox5, the baby was trying to be sold by a family friend for $600.The 84 underage victims were rescued from Oct.
12-15 across the country as part of the annual human trafficking sting Operation Cross County XI.
It also netted the arrest of 120 people.
“Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested – and the number of children recovered – reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.
One of the most egregious cases involved a three-month-old girl and her 5-year-old sister.
A friend who was staying with the family offered to sell them both for sex to an undercover agent from FBI’s Denver office for $600.
They later revealed that the youngest had “already been sold” to a “wealthy major player”.
One of the girls rescued was a 16-year-old in Pecos, Texas.
An undercover agent in the FBI El Paso office responded to an online advertisement for entertainment.
When the agent arrived, he was met by a 21-year-old woman who said he could have sexual intercourse with her and a 16-year-old for $200.
A driver and the woman were both arrested.According to the FBI press release, 12 children were recovered in Michigan alone and eight sex traffickers or pimps were arrested.
They also said they arrested 46 adults who they say were involved in prostitution.
Officers staged operations in hotels, casinos, truck stops, and internet sites.
Minors recovered were offered assistance from state protective services and the FBI, as well as medical or mental treatment, if needed.