Kids rescued, pimps arrested in nation-wide prostitution busts

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of people have been arrested and 21 children rescued in what the FBI is calling a five-day roundup of networks of pimps who force children into prostitution.

The Justice Department says it targeted 16 cities, including Atlanta, as part of its "Operation Cross Country" that caps five years of similar stings nationwide.

Many of the children forced into prostitution are either runaways or what authorities call "thrown-aways" -- kids whose families have shunned them. In all, authorities arrested 345 people including 290 adult prostitutes during the operation that ended this week.

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