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FBI trafficking sweep rescues 84 children – one just three months old

FBI trafficking sweep rescues 84 children - one just three months oldUS authorities have rescued 84 children, one just 3 months old, and arrested 120 people in a nationwide sweep of child sex trafficking that exposed the growing use of technology by traffickers, officials said on Thursday. Many of those arrested were advertising and selling children online for sex, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in a statement. The four-day sweep, which ended on Sunday, was the 11th annual effort by the FBI and other authorities to battle child sex trafficking. Called Operation Cross Country XI, it was conducted at hotels, casinos and truck stops, as well as street corners and Internet websites, they said. "The sad reality is some things stay the same, that there's still a need to do this," said Staca Shehan, executive director of the NCMEC's case analysis division. "What has changed over time is the places and the ways that child sex trafficking is occurring," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "Historically, kids would be recruited in face-to-face environments, at malls and at bus stops or in schools or in and around foster homes," she said. "All that stuff happens, but now what we see more often than not is kids are recruited online, and they're controlled online and sold online." BABIES, TODDLERS, TEENS The average age of the children caught up in the operation was 15, authorities said. The 3-month-old girl and a 5-year-old girl were offered to an undercover officer in Denver for sex for $ 600, the FBI said. The person trying to sell them was a friend of the children's family. Related operations were conducted in Canada, Britain, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines, the FBI said. The sweep also involved the arrests of a number of adult sex workers, including 20 prostitutes in the state of Oregon. Earlier incarnations of Operation Cross Country have come under criticism by advocates for sex workers who say they are victims of exploitation and should not be charged with crimes. 



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FBI Rescues More Than 80 Children In Nationwide Human Trafficking Sting

FBI Rescues More Than 80 Children In Nationwide Human Trafficking StingThe FBI, along with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, recovered 84 children and arrested 120 suspected traffickers as part of a nationwide initiative to clamp down on the sex trafficking of minors.



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British man dies as Royal Navy helicopter rescues wife and children from capsized ship near Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

British man dies as Royal Navy helicopter rescues wife and children from capsized ship near Puerto Rico after Hurricane MariaA British man died and his family were plucked to safety by a Royal Navy helicopter after their pleasure boat overturned while sailing off Puerto Rico in the teeth of Hurricane Maria. The 56-year-old Briton's wife, a 48-year-old Dominican, and their two 12-year-old sons were spotted on top of the capsized vessel waving desperately for help while he was trapped underneath. It was believed the family had set sail from Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, which was battered by Hurricane Irma less than two weeks ago, and were trying to reach St Lucia. Their vessel, the Ferrel, was a 133ft former survey ship sued by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It had been decommissioned in 2002 and recently converted into a pleasure boat. US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter Brown said: "We initially got the call, a vessel in distress, a family of four, north of St Croix, literally in the teeth of a hurricane. "We were obviously concerned. We didn’t ask their names and didn’t ask why they were out there." The US Coast Guard in Miami said the Ferrel sent out an emergency position alert on Wednesday as Hurricane Maria approached Puerto Rico. Rescuers hoist up stranded family Credit: AP The family then issued a distress call saying they were adrift amid 20ft waves and 115 mph winds near Vieques, an island off Puerto Rico's east coast. Communications were then lost with the boat. A search was launched which included the Royal Navy ship RFA Mounts Bay, the US Coast Guard, and US Navy. The USS Kearsage amphibious assault ship, a search plane and helicopters also joined the hunt. In the early hours of the morning a Wildcat helicopter from RFA Mounts Bay spotted an upturned hull, debris, and a life raft in the water, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said. Three people were then seen clambering up on top of the capsized hull and waved for help. They were winched on to the Wildcat and flown to RFA Mounts Bay where they were treated for minor injuries, before being returned to Tortola. Captain Steve Norris, Commanding Officer of RFA Mounts Bay, said: "My ship and crew demonstrated exceptional teamwork today to save these lives and I am immensely grateful to them all for their efforts in this operation. "It is with regret that we understand that a fourth individual at the scene is missing, presumed dead. Our thoughts go out to their family." The boat capsized after being hit by Hurricane Maria Credit: AP The body of the man was not recovered and was "inaccessible to search and rescue crews" under the boat, the US Coast Guard said. A spokesman said: "The husband was a British national. The wife was Dominican." Maria's winds had blown the Ferrel about 50 miles from where the distress call was made. Dramatic video footage filmed from a US Coast Guard helicopter showed the woman and two boys, wearing life jackets, standing and waving for help from the hull of their boat, then being rescued by the Royal Navy helicopter. Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico for almost 90 years. The entire island of 3.5 million people was left without electricity and there were warnings it could take months to restore power. At least 33 people were killed on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, homes were destroyed, there was widespread flooding, and communities remained isolated with roads impassable. Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the Puerto Rican capital San Juan, said: "I got an SOS from an elderly home and it was a text like from a horror movie. "It said if anybody can hear us, please, we are stuck here and we can't get out and we have no power, and we have very little water left. We got there just in time." Experts expected the storm to cause up to $ 45 billion in damage across the Caribbean, with at least $ 30 billion of that in Puerto Rico. On Friday Maria, the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month, moved on to lash the Turks and Caicos Islands. Meanwhile Evacuations were underway in two towns in the northwest of the island after a dam began failing in what the government called an "extremely dangerous" situation. Isabela and Quebradillas, towns which are home to 70,000 people, were being cleared with buses "as quickly as they can," the National Weather Service said. The nearby Guajataca Dam holds back a man-made lake covering two square miles, and was built decades ago.



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Puerto Rico student rescues 90 birds from Hurricane Maria…and keeps them in her house

Puerto Rico student rescues 90 birds from Hurricane Maria...and keeps them in her houseA student in Puerto Rico used her house as a refuge for 90 birds displaced by Hurricane Maria as it ripped through the country, causing immense damage to habitats and homes. The Twitter user, who goes by the name Michelle H, says she wanted to rescue one bird she saw stranded during the storm. She took the animal into her house, along with some branches and leaves, only to be moved by the plight of more displaced birds. This bird is the reason I decided to get more ❤️ pic.twitter.com/IMKYgpoVte— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 21, 2017 Eventually, her house was full of them, sheltering during the hurricane. When it was over, she let them fly free, to rebuild their nests or find a new home, safe from the winds of Maria. Michelle documented the adventure on Twitter. She said "it all started because I wanted to save one bird". Yes most of them are injured I had some gloves and shared them to friends— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 20, 2017 It all started because I wanted to save one bird #hurricaneMariapic.twitter.com/x2d5V1wy5L— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 20, 2017 We got more than 60 birds to feed and save them from dying from the strong winds. #PuertoRicoStrong— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 20, 2017  The birds she saved were lucky – she said that after the storm, she saw many dead birds on the floor who did not survive the hurricane after trees were felled and they were battered by the strong winds. Now, after the storm, the ones which are well enough to fly have been going home, one by one: One by one they are going back home ����#HurricaneMariapic.twitter.com/eMkXXFDDfq— Michelle H. (@Michkpop16) September 21, 2017    



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NBC reporter rescues two dolphins beached by Irma

NBC reporter rescues two dolphins beached by IrmaWhen MSNBC cut to Kerry Sanders, reporting from Marco Island, Fla., Monday, he was physically guiding a beached baby dolphin into the surf.



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CNN reporter dramatically rescues man caught in Harvey's floodwaters

CNN reporter dramatically rescues man caught in Harvey's floodwatersA CNN reporter rescued a Texas man when the truck he was driving started sinking in floodwater in a treacherous moment caught on camera.



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10 Extraordinary Animal Rescues In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Harvey

10 Extraordinary Animal Rescues In The Aftermath Of Hurricane HarveyAs well as helping more than 13,000 people to safety, rescuers across Texas have also plucked a plethora of animals out from the rising floodwaters. Tear-jerking viral videos and photographs show bats, birds, cows, dogs, horses and pigs all being hauled to firmer ground. Evacuation Of Pets This image of Naomi Coto carrying her dog, Simba, on her shoulders as she was forced to evacuate her Houston home on Sunday is just one of hundreds of pictures which show the lengths that many pet owners went to to save their pets.



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When Rescues In This Texas City Stopped, Residents Cried Out For Help On Social Media

When Rescues In This Texas City Stopped, Residents Cried Out For Help On Social MediaFloodwaters in Texas continue to rise, creating conditions so severe that people trapped in their homes had no chance of being rescued overnight.



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CNN reporter dramatically rescues man caught in Harvey's floodwaters

CNN reporter dramatically rescues man caught in Harvey's floodwatersCNN’s Drew Griffin was preparing for a live shot Wednesday in Beaumont, Texas, when a man drove into a ravine, mistaking it for a road flooded by Harvey.



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Jet ski-riding hero in Houston rescues grandma from her flooded living room

Jet ski-riding hero in Houston rescues grandma from her flooded living roomVolunteers have been out in forced helping to rescue the people of Houston and Southeast Texas since Hurricane Harvey made landfalll. SEE ALSO: Houston's good Samaritans are watching out for each other as Harvey rages on Many have been using boats to help rescue people who've been stranded by rising floodwaters, but as a picture shared to Reddit shows, even those with smaller watercraft are joining in the effort.  In the amazing image, a grandmother sits in her completely flooded entryway, waiting to be whisked away to safety on the jet ski by a volunteer. One Redditor commented on how this is the kind of inspirational photo Houstonians needed to lift their spirits in these dark and scary times, "There's something so amazing about seeing strangers and communities coming together to help one another." WATCH: Hurricane Harvey is the strongest hurricane to hit the US in 12 years



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