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Jackson FBI recovered 1 child and arrested 10 in sex trafficking crackdown

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A 17-year-old Mississippi girl was one of 105 children recovered in "Operation Cross Country VII," a three-day crackdown on commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States.

Jackson was one of 76 cities included in the initiative. The FBI teamed with the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, Hinds County Sheriff's Department, Jackson Police Department, Rankin County Sheriff's Department, Pearl Police Department, Ridgeland Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

One child was recovered and 10 pimps arrested in the cooperative effort. Twenty-four others were arrested and charged with related state and local offenses.

"Child prostitution is a threat to children not just in other countries, but across America, and right here in Mississippi," said Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Mississippi. "This operation serves as a reminder that the FBI and its partners in law enforcement remain committed to identifying and rescuing any child who is being victimized in this heinous enterprise." 

Nationwide, the operation led to the recovery of 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

Three of the alleged pimps were arrested in Rankin County over the weekend. Christopher Armstrong, James Edward Williams, Jr. and William Charles Toliver are all charged with human trafficking.

Christopher Armstrong was denied bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 6 at 9 a.m.

James Edward Williams, Jr. was given a $10,000 bond and also has an Aug. 6 preliminary hearing.

William Charles Toliver faces two accounts of human trafficking and was granted a $50,000 bond with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 6.

They are currently held in the Rankin County Jail.

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 2,700 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 1,350 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 10 life terms and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

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