Sex trafficking is one of the most abhorrent and dark crimes that takes place in our world. Yet, it continues to plague most countries at levels that would shock most people to the very core. Frankly, most people aren’t even ready to admit it’s a problem in the first place. The good news is that doesn’t seem to be true for our esteemed US Marshals, who have played a pivotal role in over 60 rescues in recent weeks.
25 more endangered children located as sex trafficking busts continue in 2 states
Days after the U.S. Marshals Service announced the rescue of 39 endangered children in Georgia,
"Operation Safety Net" led to the discovery of 25 children ages 13 to 18. https://t.co/7cqcgNTDSh
— Bigfish (@trebillion) September 2, 2020
The first event, Operation Safety Net (OSN), saw US Marshals rescue a total of 25 children over the course of two weeks — but they weren’t alone. In fact, task forces consisted of around 350 people from a total of 125 separate agencies throughout the state of Ohio. Efforts mostly focused on Cleveland and its surrounding areas, but the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force provided coverage within other counties.
These efforts are already commendable, but Operation Safety Net isn’t even close to being over. According to WCAX News, task forces hope to rescue a total of 200 children over the coming weeks.
The second event, Operation Not Forgotten, took place in Georgia. Authorities rescued 39 missing children, confirming another 13 were safe and in good health. This resulted in nine arrests and a long list of charges against multiple individuals, many of whom were allegedly involved in crimes against children.
Acting Special Agent in Charge, Phil Wislar attends a press conference with our partners @USMarshalsHQ announcing the recovery of 39 missing children in Georgia during "Operation Not Forgotten". Thank you to all our partners involved!https://t.co/CtnXnmbLXW pic.twitter.com/yMC4TIAVKO
— FBI Atlanta (@FBIAtlanta) August 27, 2020
US Marshal Pete Elliot knows the devastation sex trafficking causes; he’s witnessed it many times. Victims are often abused and neglected repeatedly for years – and many are as young as 13 to 18 years old. Most are left with permanent physical and emotional scars that may never fully heal. Some simply disappear, never to be seen again.
The fact that this often unfolds right in our very own neighborhoods, without the average person ever realizing, makes these operations especially important. As this tweet from Twitter user Allison Guerrier states, they deserve our deepest thanks.
Operation Safety Net & Operation Not Forgotten. Someone drew this “Thank You” in appreciation to the great people of USMS who rescued 39 Missing Children in Georgia and another 25 in Northern Ohio, who were bound for sex trafficking. Thank you Marshals Service! pic.twitter.com/7f8XZuvoVW
— Allison Guerriero (@AllisonGuerrier) August 31, 2020
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