35 missing kids recovered in Ohio, 20% tied to human trafficking

 

Thirty-five missing and endangered children were recovered across Ohio over the past month during Operation Safety Net, the U.S. Marshals Service said Monday. More than 20% of those cases were allegedly tied to human trafficking.


According to the Marshals, the agency was referred 40 cases of missing or endangered Cuyahoga County children between the ages of 13 and 18.

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Of the 40 cases, the Marshals recovered 35 from Cleveland, Euclid, Akron, Mansfield, Columbus, Miami, Florida, and other cities throughout Ohio.

A little more than 20% of those recovered were referred to the Human Trafficking Task Force in Cuyahoga County, the agency said in a release.

Based on the results of Operation Safety Net, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio says it has created a permanent Missing Child Unit throughout 40 Northern Ohio counties to focus on missing, abused, neglected, and trafficked juveniles.


Operation Safety Net is among the latest operations with a focus on recovering missing, endangered, or trafficked children.

In early September, the U.S. Marshals recovered eight missing children and arrested one adult in the Indianapolis area. Last month, authorities said they rescued 26 children and confirmed the safety of 13 other kids that had been reported missing in Georgia.

Operation Moving Target” in Northeast Ohio netted 27 suspects accused of engaging in sexual activity with underage children online in a four-day operation led by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.


35 missing kids recovered in Ohio, 20% tied to human trafficking 35 missing kids recovered in Ohio, 20% tied to human trafficking Reviewed by Anson Moore on September 22, 2020 Rating: 5

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