A dozen juveniles have been rescued in Texas as part of a nationwide crackdown on child sex trafficking dubbed Operation Cross Country.
The FBI on Monday announced 168 children have been rescued in the past week from the commercial sex trade. The feds say 281 suspected pimps face state and federal charges.
The FBI says two juveniles were recovered in Dallas, four were rescued in Houston and six were located in San Antonio. Ten suspects have been arrested as part of the Texas cases.
Officials say one challenge was that some recovered children were never reported missing in the first place.
This is the eighth such weeklong operation, which this year unfolded in 106 cities. The FBI says nearly 3,600 children have been recovered so far from the street.