Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The FBI arrested two people in Columbia in a nationwide crackdown on child exploitation. "Operation Cross Country" resulted in the arrest of 150 people and rescued 105 children from prostitution, according to the FBI.
The FBI, Columbia Police and Richland County Deputies were all part of the Midlands case.
Federal court documents show the arrest of 21-year-old William Jerome Gibson and 20-year-old Andrea Bostic on Saturday and Sunday. Gibson was out on bond for charges in a April 2011 murder.
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According to court documents, an investigator used an online forum for escorts to find possible child prostitutes in the area. The investigator says he responded to a post and was referred to a Two Notch Road motel where the deputy says he met a 16-year-old girl who later revealed she was a reported missing child. According to court documents, that room was rented by Gibson.
Investigators say the girl told officers that she had been prostituting herself for two to three days. She said she was not getting fed at her grandmothers' home and she had been introduced to Gibson who told her he could provide her clothes, food and a place to stay. In exchange, she would split whatever money she made with Gibson.
According to court documents, Bostic told investigators she had been a prostitute for about two years and Gibson brought the girl to her a few weeks ago. The documents go on to say that Bostic told them she posted the online ad for the girl in order to use her as a prostitute.
Gibson denied knowing about the prostitution and told investigators that he rented the room for Bostic because she was not 21-years-old and not able to rent her own room.