Two dozen of the 69 child prostitutes recovered in a national crackdown on sexual exploitation were in the Seattle area.
An FBI spokesman in Seattle, Steven Dean, told KOMO News this is the third year in a row the area has led the nation. He says it's a bad thing the problem is serious but good that police in the Seattle area are addressing it.
Nine of the 99 suspected pimps arrested in the three-day enforcement called Operation Cross Country were caught in King, Pierce or Snohomish counties.
The FBI is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to identify the children. All have been placed into protective custody or returned to their families.