Besides the 168 children rescued from the sex trade, 281 pimps were arrested during the same period on state and federal charges. In Wisconsin, 6 juveniles victims were rescued, and 12 pimps were arrested.
"These are not faraway kids in faraway lands," FBI Director James Comey said in announcing the annual enforcement push known as Operation Cross Country. Instead, he added, "These are America's children."
This is the eighth such week long-operation, which this year unfolded in 106 cities. The FBI says nearly 3,600 children have so far been recovered from the streets.
"There is no more meaningful work that the FBI participates in than rescuing children," Comey said.
He said one concerning trend is the increasing prevalence of children who are being prostituted online.