Child Trafficking Operation Found – Authorities Save Countless Children
(UnitedVoice.com) – Sex trafficking remains one of the biggest issues in the United States. Tens of thousands of adults and children fall victim to the crime every year. Multiple law enforcement agencies recently conducted an operation that saved dozens of children.
On May 25, ICE issued a statement revealing Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other law enforcement agencies worked jointly to find and retrieve 70 children during a three-week probe called “Operation Lost Souls.” The children were between the ages of 10 to 17 and included victims of sexual and physical abuse.
Deputy Special Agent in Charge Taekuk Cho at HSI El Paso said the operation exemplifies the agency’s “commitment to protecting the public from crimes of victimization.” He went on to say the agency and its partners intend to continue working to foil human traffickers, “help missing children heal” from the crimes committed against them, and bring their perpetrators to justice.
The US Marshals were also involved in the operation.
"Operation Lost Souls" located and recovered 70 missing children in Midland, Ector, El Paso and Tom Green counties in Texas. This operation ran from the end of April to mid-May.
— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) May 31, 2022
While authorities found the majority of the victims in Texas, they found some in places as far away as Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Colorado.
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking or human trafficking activity, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or text 233733.
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