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Operation Stormy Nights

Operation Stormy Nights
Type Sting operation
Location Oklahoma, United States
Objective To free minors from forced prostitution and arrest their traffickers
Date 2004
Executed by Federal Bureau of Investigation
Outcome 23 girls rescued, 12 traffickers arrested

Operation Stormy Nights was an early major anti-minors along United States Numbered Highways, where the girls were forcibly prostituted to truck drivers.[2]

Contents

  • Onset of the operation 1
  • Sex trafficking 2
  • Documented as a short film 3
  • References 4
  • Bibliography 5

Onset of the operation

The operation was undertaken in 2004 and resulted in the release of 23 girls from child prostitution.[3] Twelve pimps were arrested.[4] Most of these traffickers' victims were between 12 and 17 years of age.[5] Lieutenant Alan Prince said that operations like Stormy Nights "are difficult because the girls are always on the move... and when you find them, it's hard to talk to them."[6] This sting operation was headed by FBI agent Mike Beaver, who was working as an undercover agent.[7]

Sex trafficking

One of the human trafficking victims rescued in Stormy Nights was a girl named Angie.[1] Beaver called Angie "a normal, typical American teenager."[7] Angie, from Wichita, Kansas, was being prostituted with another girl, Melissa, in the Midwestern United States.[8] They were both teenagers at the time.[9]


Documented as a short film

Angie was later interviewed in the raising awareness on the subject among truck drivers.[11] When news of Stormy Nights was made public, there was a strong public response across the country, so the FBI established "Innocence Lost", a new department working to free children from prostitution.[12]

References

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