Two teenage girls from southeastern Wisconsin were rescued from prostitution during Operation Cross Country, the FBI’s annual sting focused on recovering underage victims of prostitution. The two girls, 16 and 17 years old, told authorities their mother was their pimp. The girls said their mother also rented out their brother’s room to a man who was a registered sex offender. According to the FBI, the girls were among 82 juveniles recovered in the United States. In addition, hundreds of pimps and customers were arrested in the nationwide sting.
The woman the F.B.I. said was found to be pimping out her daughters was from Kenosha. 55-year-old Paula Whittaker is now behind bars on possible charges of keeping a place of prostitution and trafficking a child. The F.B.I. said Monday that a woman had been found prostituting her two teenage daughters, and that she had rented a room to a sex offender. She was arrested Monday night by the Kenosha Police Department, following the nationwide, F.B.I.-led Cross Country X prostitution and human trafficking sting operatio