Over 120 children rescued following human trafficking sting

A one-day sweep by multiple law enforcement agencies in Wayne County, Michigan resulted in the recovery of 123 missing children, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The sting took place back on September 26, 2018 throughout Wayne County.

Michigan State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch, and law enforcement officers from Wayne County agencies assisted.

Out of the more than 300 missing children in the state, 123 of them were found and recovered safely during the operation, according to the report. 

All 123 children were interviewed, which is standard protocol for the Michigan State Police. All of the children located were interviewed about potentially being sexually victimized or used in a sex trafficking ring during their period of time that they were deemed missing.

Three cases were identified as being possible sex trafficking cases, and one homeless teen was transported back to the command post after it was discovered that he had not had anything to eat in three days. He was then turned over to Child Protective Services for aftercare. 

This is the first time an operation of this kind has been conducted in Wayne County, authorities said. 

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