Saying there is no work they do that's deeper in moral content than the rescuing of children, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is announcing the results of Operation Cross Country X.
The annual FBI-led effort to combat underage human trafficking took place October 13-15, rescuing 82 children between the ages of 13 and 17 nationwide.
"Those are just in the United States, 82 kids and 239 traffickers [arrested]," said FBI Director James Comey.
Of those put in handcuffs, 26 were in the Jacksonville area, all adults involved in prostitution and many while they were still minors, according to the FBI's Jacksonville field office.
Another prostitute and three pimps were caught in Pensacola, which is where a 16-year-old girl was also rescued, per the FBI.
36 kids were also recovered in Canada, Thailand, Cambodia and the Phillippines, including a 2-year-old whom agents say suffered horrific sexual abuse.
"As you would expect, all over the world we have treated these children [as] the victims they are and gotten them the help that they need," Comey added. "And we have treated the thugs who have exploited them, who have moved them from room to room in an endless horror, like the criminals that they are, bringing them to justice at the federal, state, and local level."
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office partnered with the FBI in making the local arrests, according to FBI Jacksonville Assistant Special Agent in Charge Carlton Peeples.
"Operation Cross Country Ten was the largest operation to date," Peeples added. "The operation targeted various venues, including hotels, truck stops and street corners."
The FBI refused to release any other details about the arrests - including the names of those arrested - but did say that they were tipped off to many of these victims through social media as well as tips through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Peeples also noted that there's been 540 child sex trafficking cases opened up by the FBI so far in the current fiscal year, with another thousand or so cases pending investigation.
More than 6,100 kids have been rescued since the first Operation Cross Country took place in 2003.