GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- More than a hundred child sex-trafficking victims across the country are safe after being rescued by federal authorities in a nationwide sweep.
Here in Connecticut five children were recovered. And one of those alleged child prostitutes was working out of a hotel in Groton.
The nationwide sweep brought FBI agents to two Groton hotels.
The first was the Days Inn, and then the Super 8 where agents found the underage girl.
"It's pretty disturbing," said New London resident Becky Wooton. "I grew up around here and I don't usually think of this area being like that."
For one woman, the child prostitution problem hits very close to home.
"At the age of 15 and 17," said Nancy.
"Were they forced into this," asked News 8's Tina Detelj.
"Well yeah I would say, I would say," Nancy said.
"It must be pretty upsetting," Detelj said.
"Yes it is."
She says drugs also influenced her nieces' destructive lifestyle.
"Every one of them at that age they need help and I think they need a home that can steer them right," Nancy said.
New Haven FBI Special Agent in charge Kimberly Mertz says "The truly sad thing about underage prostitution is not only that it exists, but that child prostitutes are frequently forced into this lifestyle."
"I think a lot of times they get into it and they can't get out. No way out," said Wooton.
Folks at both of the Groton hotels did not want to speak to News 8 on camera, but tell us they were not even aware that their hotels were involved in this undercover investigation and it does cause concern.
Many of the encounters were set up over the internet.
"I think the more help and support we can do for them the better," Wooton said.
In addition to the kids, News 8 is told 159 alleged pimps were also arrested on state and federal charges. One of them here in Connecticut.
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