But don’t get too excited. It’s not as though you’ve been ranked #1 for the comely physical attributes of your residents or their sense of style or friendliness.
But you have been ranked #1 in child prostitution…for the third year in a row. I’m pretty sure this is one time where a three-peat is a bad thing.
…That’s what the FBI is calling the Seattle area yet again after a nationwide child prostitution crime sweep that netted 885 arrests and freed 69 kids between 12 and 17-years-old–23 of them from the Seattle, Everett and Tacoma areas.
Dubbed “Operation Cross Country V,” the effort involved 34 FBI agencies in 40 different cities. It was aided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Innocence Lost National Initiative.
The sweep hit child prostitution hotspots like truck stops, street “tracks” and casinos.
Of the 885 arrests, 99 were suspected pimps. And of those alleged pimps, nine were from the Seattle area.
Steven Dean, an agent with the Seattle FBI office, says that even before the latest sweep, authorities had taken 50 child prostitutes off the streets in King County alone. It’s the third year in row that he says Seattle has been at the top of the list of worst cities for child prostitution.