DETROIT, Mich. — 123 of Michigan’s 301 missing children were recovered from what is believed to be a child sex trafficking ring as part of a joint effort by state and federal agencies, law enforcement has announced.
The recovery operation, called MISafeKid, was described as a “missing juvenile sweep” according to a release by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The sting was carried out by the Marshal’s Service’s Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit in conjunction with Michigan State Police and Wayne County law enforcement agencies.
All the children located were “interviewed about potentially being sexually victimized or used in a sex trafficking ring during their period of time that they were deemed missing” said a law enforcement spokesperson.
Using information obtained from the 301 missing children’s case files, the Marshals Service said, officers “began investigating their whereabouts by visiting last known addresses, friend’s homes and schools in hopes of finding them in a safe place.”
“The message to the missing children and their families that we wish to convey is that we will never stop looking for you,” the US Marshals Service said in a press release.
The successful recovery mission is just the latest in an ongoing effort by federal law enforcement agencies to locate missing and exploited children who have become victims of the child sex trade.
In June, approximately 150 were arrested on child sex trafficking charges in Georgia by FBI officials as part of a sting operation called “Operation Safe Summer”. One hundred and sixty children, some as young as 3-years-old, were rescued and taken into protective custody as part of that effort.
President Trump’s ongoing war against child sex trafficking, which he has mandated as a priority in his administration, has resulted in thousands of arrests nationwide, mostly unreported by the mainstream media.