123 children recovered during daylong missing juvenile sweep

123 children recovered during daylong missing juvenile sweep
Posted at 10:57 AM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 15:11:31-04

In a day-long missing juvenile sweep, 123 children were recovered in Wayne County, Michigan. The operation had an emphasis on locating victims of sex trafficking.

The sting took place on Sept. 26 in an effort by the U.S. Marshals Service - Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit, the U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Branch, Michigan State Police and law enforcement officers from Wayne County.

The group investigated 301 missing case files, looking into the child's whereabouts by visiting last known addresses, friend's homes and schools in hopes of finding them in a safe place. All 123 children were found safe, physically located and interviewed about potentially being sexually victimized or used in a sex trafficking ring during their period of time they were considered missing.

U.S. Marshals Service said three cases were identified as being possible sex trafficking cases and one homeless teen was taken back to the command post after it was discovered he had not eaten anything in three days. He was then turned over to Child Protective Services for aftercare.

The operation, dubbed Operation MISafeKid, was the first of its kind conducted in Wayne County.

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