Recently, Operation “Safety Net” seems to be going quite well, 35 missing children have been found so far, and although many more are missing, it is a big step in the right direction. Although the goal of this operation in northeastern Ohio is at least 200, it seems achievable.
On August 21, the U.S. Marshal Service announced that it has recovered 35 children to date as part of Operation Safety Net, which we had heard so much about in August. While 35 may not seem like a lot, it is an incredible accomplishment for the families of these children and for these children in general. As crazy as the year 2020 is, it’s good to be able to report something good for once.
The U.S. Marshal Service wrote the following:
The United States Marshal Service worked with state and local partners last month to locate and find missing youth in the Cuyahoga County area. During the operation, 35 missing and endangered children, aged 13 to 18, were located. Just over 20 per cent of the cases were related to human trafficking, and these cases were forwarded to the Cuyahoga County Human Trafficking Task Force. Of the 40 missing persons cases that were forwarded to the Marshals Task Force, only 5 cases remain open. Task Force members and their local partners will continue to work in the coming weeks to bring these last five children and others to safety.
Chief John Majoy of Newburg Heights said, “We are proud to be part of Operation Safety Net and I commend the U.S. Marshals Service for their hard work and dedication in the search for these children. Often they do not know they are victims and this operation offers them hope, freedom, and safety that they would not otherwise have. It is a good example of local, state, and federal partners working together for a remarkable cause. Together, we can make a difference.
Based on the results of this operation, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio has now established a permanent Missing Children’s Unit in all 40 counties of northern Ohio to focus on missing, abused, neglected and trafficked youth.
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