Three children from the Portland-Vancouver area were taken out of a sex-trafficking ring over the weekend as part of a series of FBI stings across the country.
Six adults were arrested in the area for promoting prostitution and three adults were also cited on suspicion of prostitution, according to an FBI news bulletin.
Stings like this one often start with intelligence gathered by officers in local jurisdictions, FBI spokeswoman Beth Ann Steele said in a statement. Arrests often lead to more information on sex trafficking, she said.
Law enforcement and social service agencies are working with each of the recovered children to provide counseling, mental health services, medical assistance, housing and advocacy resources.
Holly Fauerso, another FBI spokeswoman, said the agency would not release the ages and genders of the three Vancouver and Portland children or where they were found at this time because of the pending investigation.
The national set of stings, called Operation Cross County, recovered 79 children in 57 cities. More than 400 agencies participated, including the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Department of Corrections.