COLUMBUS, Ohio (Fox News): The U.S. Marshals Service recovered at least 25 missing children in Ohio in a two-week stretch as part of an ongoing operation in the Buckeye State.
“Over the weekend U.S. Marshals rescued dozens of missing children across Ohio, many of whom were being trafficked.” Gov. Mike DeWine said during a Tuesday news conference.
“Operation Safety Net” is still in its first two weeks and is ongoing, according to the Marshals Service. It’s being carried out in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies around northern Ohio.
DeWine described it as a “great, great effort,” and although only some of the children were believed to be victims of human trafficking, he called on all residents to recognize and report signs of it.
They can include a young person who repeatedly runs away, individuals who move often, a young person with someone who is older and unrelated, or signs of physical abuse, among other indicators, he said.
The children were missing for various reasons and were recovered in multiple locations. Some could be vulnerable to abuse or neglect at home. About a quarter of them were believed to be victims of human trafficking or forced prostitution.
The US Marshall’s Service did a great job in locating & recovering so many missing children. I cannot understand the mindset of those who abduct children & place them in human trafficking. These innocent children, through no fault of their own, very well might have issues for the rest of their lives, and, as a result, may even engage in the same behavior when they become adults. It makes me sick to think about the abuse, both physical & mental, these children may be subjected to. Hopefully, all the adults Who committed these crimes will be found guilty in a court of law & that they receive the proper punishment. Lord, I pray for the children, the purps, the families, the prosecutors, and judges that you will give them exactly what they need.