The U.S. Marshals are kicking butts, freeing kids, and locking up human traffickers.
In the second major announcement in a week, the U.S. Marshals Service announced it has located 25 missing children from Operation Safety Net in Ohio.
Operation Safety Net
Last week, the marshals announced a massive sting operation in Georgia that rescued or located nearly 40 missing children.
On Saturday, The Blaze reported a similar operation that took place in Ohio… Operation Safety Net.
The ongoing operation has located and rescued 25 missing children over the last 20 days.
Many of the children, aged 13 to 18, had fallen victim to human traffickers and prostitution rings.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “These are kids that have been abused, neglected. Some involved in human trafficking.”
“Sometimes the situations they—they go to, believe it or not, may be better than the situations they left from,” he added. “We’ve had some cases where the mother and or father, or both, may have been prostituting their own child.”
Operation Safety Net is far from over, as authorities expect it to continue for several more weeks. The ultimate goal of the operation is to locate and rescue approximately 200 children who are missing throughout the state of Ohio.
Another operation, Operation Moving Target, has already netted more than two dozen arrests. This operation is targeting men who are online predators of children and authorities have already taken 27 men into custody.
This was a joint operation by Ohio ICAC Task Force, and worked in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio BCI, Newburgh Heights Police, Solon Police, Kent Police, Streetsboro Police, Cortland Police, and Cleveland Police.
With these successes, it would be great to see more operations like this throughout the country so we can rescue all of our missing children.