September 16, 2020

USA: U.S. Marshals Rescued 25 Missing Children All Over Ohio, 39 Missing Children All Over Georgia, 8 Missing Chidren In Indiana During Two-Week Operation Targeting Child Sex Trafficking.

CBS News, KFVS12 Ohio local
written by Avery Williams
Thursday August 27, 2020

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - Operation Safety Net announced the return of 25 missing and endangered children to Cuyahoga County Thursday, and the U.S. Marshal Services claims children were found all over Ohio and even the country.

The U.S. Marshal Service has been on a 20-day search for 13-18 year old age missing children from the Cuyahoga County area.

The U.S. Marshal Service press release said that about one fourth of the children brought home were victims of human trafficking and forced sex work.

Children were recovered from Cleveland, East Cleveland, Akron, Mansfield, Euclid and Willoughby.

This success was announced by:

- United States Marshal Pete Elliott

- Police Chief Calvin Williams

- Sheriff David Schilling

- East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner

- Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy

The search continues, and 19 News will let you know when more children are recovered safely.
CBS News
written by Caitlin O'Kane
Sunday August 30, 2020

The U.S. Marshals Service found 39 missing children in Georgia over two weeks in a mission known as "Operation Not Forgotten," the agency announced in a press release Thursday. The operation led to the rescue of 26 children and the safe location of 13 others.

"These missing children were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions," the press release reads.

"Other children were located at the request of law enforcement to ensure their wellbeing," the release continues. "USMS investigators were able to confirm each child's location in person and assure their safety and welfare."

The U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit worked with the agency's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, state and local agencies in Georgia, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a non-profit organization.

Nine criminal associates were also arrested and investigators cleared 26 arrest warrants. Investigators also filed additional charges for alleged crimes related to sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession, and custodial interference, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

"When we track down fugitives, it's a good feeling to know that we're putting the bad guy behind bars. But that sense of accomplishment is nothing compared to finding a missing child," Darby Kirby, chief of the Missing Child Unit, said in a statement.

"We are working to protect them and get them the help they need," he said.

The USMS said that last year it helped recover 295 missing children and has contributed to the recovery of a missing child in 75 percent of cases. Sixty-six percent of recovered missing children were recovered within a week of the USMS helping with the case, according to the release.

"The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you," director of the Marshals Service, Donald Washington, said in a statement.
The Epoch Times
written by Jack Phillips and Mimi Nguyen-Ly
Monday September 7, 2020

Eight missing children have been found as part of “Operation Homecoming,” an emergency operation in the Indianapolis area, the U.S. Marshals Service announced.

The federal law enforcement officers located the children between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4, the service said. An adult also was arrested during the operation on charges that include parental kidnapping, possession of weapons, and intimidation.

The children, who are between the ages of 6 and 17, “were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sex abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions,” the U.S. Marshals said in a statement.

They were placed in the care of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Participating officers were given case files and investigated the children’s whereabouts starting with last-known addresses, homes of friends, and schools, according to the statement.

“The Marshals are committed to assisting state and local agencies with locating and recovering endangered missing children to help prevent their falling victim to crimes of violence and exploitation,” said Dan McClain, the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana. “The message that we wish to convey to the missing children and their families is that we will use every resource at our disposal to find you.”

Over the past several weeks, there have been operations under different names to find missing children around the United States.

Fifty children were recovered in similar operations that recently took place in Georgia and Ohio, according to the U.S. Marshals.

“The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you,” Donald Washington, director of the U.S. Marshals, said in a statement.

At a press conference announcing the news, Washington told reporters that the operation is among the missions that the Marshals are “very proud of” but “that we wish we didn’t have.”

“As successful as this operation was there is a harsh reality here—the harsh reality is, ‘Gee, why are we doing this in the first place? Why do we have missing, endangered children?’” he said. “The stats are that in every 40 seconds, there is a child abducted in the United States.”

The Georgia operation, a culmination of several months of planning, was carried out by the U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit and its Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, as well as a number of state and local agencies, including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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