It seems our region is a pimp's top choice of places to bring his underage prostitute. I assume that means there's an aggressive demand in our region for this kind of work. Via the Seattle Times:
One-third of the teenage girls rescued this past weekend as part of the FBI's annual national operation to recover juvenile prostitutes and arrest their pimps were found in the Puget Sound region.
Sixty-nine children were rescued in 40 cities across the country, according to the FBI, which concluded its three-day "Operation Cross Country V" Sunday morning.
For the third year in a row, the Everett-Seattle-Tacoma area topped the national list of recoveries, where a total of 23 girls were taken off the streets, said Steven Dean, assistant special-agent-in-charge of the FBI's Seattle field office. Nine pimps were arrested locally, out of 99 nationally, he said.
You could argue (with forced optimism) that Seattle's FBI agents are preternaturally good at their jobs. The more likely scenario is we have a huge, horrifying problem.