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U.S. Marshals Service: 123 missing children found in Michigan during sex trafficking operation

October 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Marshals Service: 123 missing children found in Michigan during sex trafficking operation

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More than 100 children were discovered safe during a one-day operation carried out by multiple law enforcement agencies in Michigan, the U.S. Marshals Service announced on Wednesday.

The agency released a report indicating that Operation MISafeKid rescued 123 missing children on September 26th throughout Wayne County in a bust aimed to identify and recover missing children and find sex trafficking victims.

The operation had 301 open case files for missing children before the bust, which was the first of its kind in Wayne County.

Authorities interviewed all of the recovered children about possibly being victimized or used in sex trafficking operations, and officials revealed that they identified three children as possible sex trafficking targets.

The report indicated that one homeless teen boy had not had anything to eat in three days, so authorities brought him back to their command post for food and transferred him over to the custody of Child Protective Services.

Along with the missing children in Michigan, officers obtained information about two missing children in Texas and another in Minnesota. Those cases are being actively investigated.

“The message to the children and their families that we wish to convey is that we will never stop looking for you,” the U.S. Marshals Service stated.

Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the case including the U.S. Marshals Service, Michigan State Police, Detroit Police, Wayne County police, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General.

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