Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents rescue 84 children, including 3 in NC, from human traffickers

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents rescue 84 children, including 3 in NC, from human traffickers Federal Bureau of Investigation agents rescue 84 children, including 3 in NC, from human traffickers
Melissa Porter | 18 October, 2017, 23:18

This 11th FBI-led Operation Cross Country, which took place this year in 55 Federal Bureau of Investigation field offices and involved 78 state and local task forces, included hundreds of law enforcement partners, along with several worldwide partners, including Canada (Operation Northern Spotlight), the United Kingdom (Aident 8), Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

The 11th-annual "Operation Cross Country" wrapped up on October 15 after four days of arrests, and netted 120 alleged sex traffickers and 84 victims. The youngest victim recovered during this year's operation was 3 months old, and the average age of victims recovered during the operation was 15 years old, according to the news release.

Also on October 13, a 16-year old female victim was recovered by FBI El Paso, after an undercover agent called an online advertisement for entertainment. "And then not only from a recovery standpoint, but providing them victim services to get them back home or back integrated into society".

Thirteen law enforcement agencies across the state participated in operations in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Lumberton and Charlotte, with 11 people arrested on trafficking charges, Lynch reported. "It's about making sure we offer help and a way out to these young women who find themselves caught up in a vicious cycle of abuse". "How can we provide some good support for them to keep them out of the life and so that way they don't go back to that?"

Officers staged operations online, on street corners and in hotels, casinos and truck stops. This year's coordinated operations took place with several global partners, including Canada (Operation Northern Spotlight), the United Kingdom (Aident 8), Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines. "Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested - and the number of children recovered - reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work", said FBI Director Christopher Wray. Since the program's inception, more than 6,500 children have been identified and recovered. The FBI is working with Child Protective Services on a forensic interview and to find safe placement of the children.

Just three days ago, a suspect offered an undercover officer $600 in exchange for access to two children for sex.

On the same day, a 16-year old female victim was recovered in El Paso, Texas, after an undercover agent called an online advertisement for entertainment. The subject was placed under arrest.