Children who are missing: the adults in your lives and the police and U.S. Marshals never quit looking for you.
That is the message the people in law enforcement want missing children who long to be returned home to know. In a national effort and sweep looking for missing children specifically in eastern Michigan, the U.S. Marshals are helping local law enforcement officials to find 301 children who have disappeared recently. One day in September, 123 were found.
The one-day initiative, which took place on September 26, recovered 123 of the 301 children that had been reported missing in the area following weeks of investigations.
All of those children were physically located and interviewed about potentially being sexually victimized or used in a sex trafficking ring during the time they were missing.
Authorities discovered three cases that were related to sex trafficking and one homeless teen who had not eaten anything in three days.
Sex trafficking is proving to be a huge problem in the United States at this time, and a priority for the Trump Administration’s Department of Justice to fight. In the last 18 months, thousands of people have been arrested as part of sex trafficking networks. It looks like the effort to recover children is part of this initiative.
The operation involved multiple law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service’s Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit, Michigan State Police and Wayne County officers.
Participating officers started investing the missing child case files prior to the operation.
They visited last known addresses, friend’s homes and schools in the hope of finding the children in a safe place.
As part of this nationwide effort, U.S. Marshals are being used liberally.
The U.S. Marshals Service said they had been requested to assist on 30 missing child cases in the two weeks prior to the sweep.
Marshals located and recovered nine children prior to the sweep and another seven during the operation.
They also received information on two missing children in Texas and one in Minnesota, which they are still actively investigating.
The U.S. Marshals Service also said Michigan State Police have asked for assistance with 14 other cases.
‘The Eastern District of Michigan is fully committed to assisting state and local agencies with locating and recovering missing children and the prevention of their falling victim to sex trafficking,’ the U.S. Marshals Service said.
For those who believe that the Trump Department of Justice is not “doing anything,” these results are hard to ignore. Breaking up sex trafficking rings and finding missing children is part of their job. And it is a task that is actually getting done.