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On Monday, it was announced that the marshals — working in conjunction with local cops in northeastern Ohio — had rescued 35 missing and endangered children between the ages of 13 and 18.
About 10 of them were in the vile clutches of sex traffickers who pimped out their young bodies across the northern end of the state. A number were located in Miami.
In August, the marshals rescued 39 missing and endangered children in Georgia in an project called Operation Not Forgotten.
Nine accused criminals were also busted. Charges included sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession, and custodial interference.
“When we track down fugitives, it’s a good feeling to know that we’re putting the bad guy behind bars. But that sense of accomplishment is nothing compared to finding a missing child,” Darby Kirby, chief of the missing child unit, said in a statement.
Last year, the U.S. Marshals helped recover nearly 300 missing children. About 66% were recovered within a week once the marshals became involved.
In Canada, there is no such concerted effort. Instead, mostly young women are shuffled from one loveless hotel room to the next along the 401 and beyond.
Ashley Tingley of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking agrees that a dedicated agency is a good idea.
“With law enforcement, often the left hand doesn’t talk to the right hand,” she told the Toronto Sun.
“Human traffickers are great at exploiting that communications gap.”
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