During this year’s Operation Cross Country VIII, an annual effort to crack down on commercial child sex trafficking, a total of 168 trafficking victims were rescued and 281 pimps were arrested, including two Dallas men.
The Dallas Morning News reported Marcus Addison, 26 and Ulysses Ross, 28 are being charged with compelling prostitution under age 18 and with trafficking of persons under age 18 for prostitution. Police arrested the two during an undercover investigation after answering a Backpage.com advertisement.
The North Texas law enforcement operation was conducted by the FBI Dallas Child Exploitation Task Force and the Dallas Police Department.
“Along with our law enforcement and community partners, we remain committed to providing care to the victims of child exploitation and bringing justice to those who try to profit from these criminal activities,” said Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez.
Operation Cross Country took place last week in 106 cities across the nation as part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost initiative that started in 2003. Since then, about 3,400 sexually exploited juveniles have been saved, according to the FBI.