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Child recovered, 33 arrested in ArkLaTex as part of FBI's Operation Cross Country VIII

Police arrested 15 people in Bossier City on solicitation and prostitution charges as part of Operation Cross Country VIII. Police arrested 15 people in Bossier City on solicitation and prostitution charges as part of Operation Cross Country VIII.

A nationwide operation by the FBI to address commercial child sex trafficking led to the recovery of 167 children who were being victimized through prostitution and dozens of arrests.

Three of the children were found in Louisiana, where 16 pimps and 75 prostitutes were also arrested. The operation included enforcement actions in six cities throughout Louisiana, namely New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe.

In Shreveport, one child was recovered, 10 pimps and 23 prostitutes were arrested. Their names, and those from Bossier City are listed below.

"These are not faraway kids in faraway lands. These are our kids, on our street corners, our truck stops, our motels our casinos. These are America's children," said James Comey, FBI Director in a news conference announcing the results of the roundup.

Investigators say oftentimes they are runaways who are never reported missing.

In other cities across Louisiana, more arrests and recoveries were made.

In New Orleans, one child was recovered and 17 prostitutes were arrested.

In Baton Rouge, one child was recovered, three pimps were arrested and 17 prostitutes were arrested.

In Alexandria, two pimps and five prostitutes were arrested.

In Lake Charles, one pimp and 10 prostitutes were arrested.

In Monroe, three prostitutes were arrested.

In all, 260 pimps were arrested in 106 cities across 37 states. Law enforcement officials also seized four vehicles, cash, cell phones, Heroin, methadone, xanax, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and other narcotics.

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 3,400 children from being exploited. The investigations and subsequent 1,450 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 14 life terms.

Shreveport arrests:

Deviere Deamon of Ganard, Texas; Reynard Bailey, Tyjanae Robinson, JoBrittany Brown, Deangelo Leake, Terrence Williams, Kadejah Cartwright, Victoria Norris, Dorothy Austin and Grant McMurtry of Shreveport; Jasmine Hill of Dallas; Hillary Bellard and Shalla Love of Waco, TX; Crystal Williams of Temple, Arizona; Amy Wilks of Arcadia, LA; Rissah Goodlett of Fort Worth; Aundrea Hamilton of Mesquite, TX; Amanda King of Pineville, LA; Michelle Mays of Las Vegas; Vivian Criner of Sulphur, LA; 

Bossier City arrests: 

Christie Waller of Memphis, TN; Eary Jones Jr. of Byhalia, MS; Ayanna M. Hill and Armani R. King of Dallas; Shayleia M. Buckholder of Traverse, MI; Richard A. Rone of Bossier City; Tiffany M. Butler of Texas City, TX; Chelsea N. Williams of Houston; Carlton L. Steward of Waldo, AR; Edward G. McArthur Jr. and Sharon L. Hartin of Haltom City, TX; Symone Moody of Grand Prarie, TX; Veronica A. Smith of Watson, OK; Destiny A. Lavoie of New Orleans; Verdail F. Odom of Chicago; and Melissa A. Cheney.

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