Operation Autumn Hope Nets 45 Missing Children, Makes 179 Arrests

 In Domestic, opinion

The US Marshal’s Offices in Ohio and West Virginia participated in a multi-agency operation dubbed “Autumn Hope.” They recovered 45 missing children and made 179 arrests.

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Screenshot via WBNS10

The US Marshal’s Service reported,

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.

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.

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.

During the operation the Lancaster Police Department requested assistance in locating a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing in the middle of the night. The girl was recovered in Columbus by the U.S. Marshals within six hours of being reported missing.

Since 2005, the Marshal’s Office in conjunction with other agencies, have recovered 2,000 missing children and made hundreds of arrests, including gang members. It has recovered victims in 75% of the cases it has received,  two-thirds of which were recovered within a week. It was the passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 that gave them a wider range of authority to assist local and state law enforcement in the hunt for victims.

The calls for defunding all law enforcement, including Federal agencies would decimate their ability to locate trafficking victims.  But then, that may be exactly what the leftists want to happen.


Featured photo: Screenshot of the multiagency operation called Autumn Hope via Ohio Attorney General YouTube video


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