As Lily Kuo reports for Reuters, the FBI put its sights on what appears to be a huge sex-trafficking organization that was operating inside nearly 60 different U.S. cities, rescuing 79 teens and arresting more than 100 pimps.
This looks to be the sixth sex crime-related sweep conducted by the FBI, starting back in 2003, as part of a "broader initiative."
According to the president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, this type of sex-trafficking is "a problem that happens in all kinds of American cities and it happens to all kinds of American kids."
The kids are apparently lured in starting with the social networks. Once lured, they are forced into teen prostitution under duress, with threats made against their own physical safety as well as the safety of their families.
Kuo's report does not mention Baltimore, but it's likely to have been one of the many U.S. cities subject to the FBI sweep.
As Kuo reports, more than 2,000 kids have been rescued in the FBI effort, which doesn't count state and local rescues.