As part of a national campaign, billboards around the Charlotte area will ask drivers to help end child prostitution by reporting tips to authorities.
The billboards, which are located across the country, are part of efforts by the Innocence Lost National Initiative and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crimes Against Children program.
FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said the billboards are now posted along Interstate 85 and Interstate 77 near the S.C. border. They ask passersby to report tips to their local FBI office.
The FBI, working with other federal authorities, launched the Innocence Lost National Initiative in 2003 to address the growing problem of domestic sex trafficking of children in the United States. The initiative has created nearly 50 task forces and working groups across the country to connect federal, state and local law enforcement.
The FBI says those groups have rescued more than 2,100 children.
Tipsters are asked to call FBI Charlotte at 704-672-6100 to report child prostitution in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.fbi.gov.