A joint operation with U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement angencies called Operation Safety Net has recovered 25 missing children in the first two weeks of when it was launched on August 6.
Children were found and rescued in Cleveland, East Cleveland, Akron, Mansfield, Euclid, Willoughby, and even Miami, Florida. A quarter of the rescued children are confirmed to be victims of human trafficking or prostitution.
When we track down fugitives, it’s a good feeling to know we’re putting the bad guy behind bars. but that sense of accomplishment is nothing compared to finding a missing child. It’s hard to put into words what we feel when we rescue a child, but I can tell you that this operation has impacted every single one of us out here.”Darby Kirby, chief of the Missing Child Unit
Donald Washington, said that the FBI has reports of over 421,000 children that go missing every year and that 90% of those are considered endangered runaways. One in six of those endangered runaways are at high risk of being victimized by sex trafficking.