US Marshals Fight Child Trafficking First-Hand

US Marshals Fight Child Trafficking First-Hand

( – Here’s a statistic that’s sure to shock you: officials believe that close to 200 children are missing in Ohio alone. That’s concerning enough on its own, but authorities also believe a significant portion may be the victim of sex trafficking or abuse. It’s hard to fathom why someone might want to harm a child.

The good news? Two separate ongoing rescue operations, both led by the US Marshals Service, are leading the charge to rescue children all across the country. 

Both “Operation Safety Net” and “Operation Not Forgotten” have been in full swing for some time. And, according to reports from those involved, they’re already seeing results. 

“Operation Safety Net (OSN)” is focused largely in Cleveland, Ohio, and its surrounding areas. Reports reveal US Marshals managed to rescue a total of 25 children from trafficking in the first two weeks alone. They recently reported the successful retrieval of another 25, all of whom were at risk for exploitation. 

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force continues to work closely with US Marshals on this program. This has allowed them to greatly extend their reach throughout the northeastern portion of the state, facilitating additional rescues. 

The second event, “Operation Not Forgotten (ONF)” started in late August, in Georgia. It successfully rescued 39 missing children in recent weeks. US Marshals also arrested nine people and cleared a whopping 26 warrants in the process. 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) believes that, in 2019 alone, there were more than 23,000 endangered runaways in America. They estimate that approximately one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking. 

We hope you’ll join us in applauding both the US Marshals and the nearly 350 different individuals from other agencies who are helping them rescue innocent children every single day. They don’t plan to stop, either; officials confirmed a plan to maintain the programs actively for years into the future. 

These operations bring lost and exploited American children one step closer to safety and living a normal life.

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