The United States Marshal Service along with local law enforcement in the state of Ohio have conducted the biggest human trafficking bust in state history, resulting in 179 arrests and the recovery of 45 missing and exploited children.
The announcement appears to have fallen on deaf ears in much of the media thanks to it’s appearance of affiliation with President Donald Trump. The 45th president announced early in his first term that he would focus on ending the barbaric and illegal practice of selling children into slavery, and just in the past few years, historic gains have been made in freeing children who have been being traded like merchandise.
While that would appear to be a worthy effort, to anyone with a conscience, the media seems to be avoiding the topic, and the incredible life-saving ramifications that these incarcerations will no doubt reap, because it would cast the president in a positive light.
The law enforcement officers overseeing the raid as part of operation “Autumn Hope” however, didn’t hold back in their pursuit of justice, and the results were reported by a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service Offices in Southern Ohio:
“During the month of October, the U.S. Marshals Service Offices in Southern Ohio and Southern West Virginia, in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force participated in operation ‘Autumn Hope’. Operation Autumn Hope was a multi-agency enforcement operation focused on human trafficking and the location and recovery of missing and exploited children. During the operation 45 missing children were recovered by the U.S. Marshals and 179 arrests were made by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. In addition, 20 children were located per the request of law enforcement to ensure the child’s well-being. The operation was supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and Ohio state and local agencies.”
After offering an overview of those involved in the raid, the officers gave details of some of the individuals and what their involvement entailed, along with the danger that the abducted children were in:
“During one of the missing child recoveries, a loaded gun was recovered. The 15-year old male juvenile had two warrants and is suspected in multiple shootings and a homicide.
“Another case involved a high-risk 15-year old girl who was missing from Cleveland. Information developed from that recovery linked her and other possible victims to an individual in Columbus suspected of human trafficking.”
The Marshal’s office also cited an incident where the Lancaster Police Department requested their assistance in locating a young teen who was reported missing in the middle of the night. The girl was recovered the next day, within six hours of being reported missing.
“An additional recovery of two juveniles occurred when the USMS Southern Ohio task force forwarded information to Marshals in West Virginia. A recovery of the missing juveniles occurred on a traffic stop after the W.V. State Patrol was informed to be on the lookout for the adult male and the vehicle he was driving. The adult male was charged with concealment/removal of a minor child in Jackson County, WV.
The law enforcement agency has been involved in recovering thousands of lost and abducted children during their illustrious careers of service, and they were no exception when working on operation Autumn in October.
“My thanks to all personnel who have stepped up for this operation,” said Peter C. Tobin, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio. “These are the same personnel who hunt down violent fugitives every day. I’m incredibly proud of them and pleased that they were able to apply those same skills to finding missing children. I know Operation Autumn Hope has made a difference in a lot of young lives.”