Fifteen women and 26 men were arrested in Nebraska for prostitution or solicitation of prostitution during a nationwide sting last week.

In Lincoln, six people were arrested for prostitution and nine for solicitation, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

Nationally, the FBI said 82 sexually exploited minors were saved and 239 pimps and other individuals arrested during the operation.

In Nebraska, the Omaha, Lincoln, LaVista, Council Bluffs and Glenwood, Iowa, police departments along with Douglas, Lancaster, Pottawattamie and Mills county sheriff's offices were involved in the sting.

“Through our strategic partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies, specifically the Child Exploitation Task Force, the FBI will continue to work with our partners to make a difference in our communities," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Randall Thysse.

Operation Cross Country is focused on recovering underage victims of prostitution and drawing attention to the problem of sex trafficking at home and abroad.

Last week marked the 10th time the operation was conducted, expanding this time to become an international enforcement project with Canada, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand joining the effort along with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children during the coordinated three-day operation that ended Oct. 16.

Two sisters in Milwaukee, ages 16 and 17, told police their mother was their pimp. The girls said she also rented out their brother’s room to a man who was a registered sex offender, according to the FBI.

In Thailand, authorities arrested an American citizen -- a registered sex offender -- after he allegedly coerced five Filipino girls, ages 14 to 16, to take sexually explicit photos of themselves and send them to him online, the FBI said.

In the Philippines, two boys, 11 and 5, and a 2-year-old girl were found when five adults were arrested for operating a web-streaming service where individuals paid for access to live-streamed child sexual abuse, as well as access to the children for the purposes of illegal sexual acts, the FBI said.

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