- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The FBI in Portland says it rescued three child sex trafficking victims and arrested eight alleged pimps last week as part of a national operation cracking down on child exploitation.

Authorities said Tuesday that underage trafficking victims were found in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon as well as Vancouver, Washington.

Seven people ranging in age from 31 through 48 were arrested on charges of promoting prostitution. A 25-year-old woman was charged with promoting commercial sex abuse of a minor.

The arrests took place in Portland, Eugene, Salem and Vancouver.

The operation was part of a national sting conducted in 135 cities. Altogether, authorities found 149 minors and arrested more than 150 people.

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