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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Arrests made in child prostitution sting 11.4.09

Written by David Green.

The sex trade—particularly the sex trade involving minor girls—isn’t a concept that rural people are accustomed to hearing about.

That added to the shock of news announced last week when the FBI arrested  four suspected pimps and 17 other individuals allegedly associated with prostitution activities.

Seven child victims were rescued in northwest Ohio and seven other individuals in Fulton County were detained on immigration charges.

The arrests were part of a three-day nationwide enforcement action in 36 cities, including Toledo. The effort led to the recovery of 52 children across the country and the arrests of more than 700 people, including 60 pimps.

The Toledo investigation included raids at a rural house northwest of Fayette on U.S. 127 and at a rural house on County Road E near Delta.

A Toledo woman was arrested for allegedly supervising and controlling the activities of her 13-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old girl while she and the minors were engaged in sexual activity for hire at a Toledo home and at the two farm houses.

According to an article in the Toledo Blade, Jose Fransisco Jimenez-Jimenez, 29, was charged with pandering obscenity involving a minor. He was a resident in the farmhouse on U.S. 127 on property owned by Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development.

The Blade report stated that Jimenez-Jimenez was recently fired by the dairy. Fulton County Sheriff Darrell Merillat told the Blade that migrant workers were living in each of the farm houses.

“Child prostitution continues to be a significant problem in our country, as evidenced by the number of children rescued through the continued efforts of our crimes against children task forces,” said Kevin Perkins, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “There is no work more important than protecting America’s children and freeing them from the cycle of victimization. Through our strategic partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies, we are able to make a difference.”

Since 2003, the FBI effort has recovered 886 children and convicted 510 people.

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