“The Justice Department is committed to doing everything in our power to combat the insidious crimes of human trafficking that devastate survivors and their families.” -AG Merrick Garland
BCN Editor’s Note: While I’m thankful and praise God for the rescue of these trafficking victims, I can’t help but wonder: If the DOJ was REALLY committed to doing everything to combat human trafficking, you’d think they would start with closing the southern border. Just sayin’. -Aimee Herd, Breaking Christian News
[Faithwire.com] The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced this week its agents located 84 victims of underage sex trafficking and 37 missing children during a nationwide operation conducted in early August. (Image: Unsplash-Engin Akyurt)
Of the 121 total minors rescued, the FBI said the average age is 15.5 years old. The youngest victim found during the initiative, “Operation Cross Country,” is 11 years old. The federal agency also rescued 141 adult victims of human trafficking.
The national operation, which oversaw 391 localized initiatives across the country, took place in the first two weeks of August.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a statement this week, voicing his gratitude for the men and women of the FBI and partnering agencies, like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who helped rescue these abused children and adults.
“The Justice Department is committed to doing everything in our power to combat the insidious crimes of human trafficking that devastate survivors and their families,” he said, according to WTKR-TV. “I am grateful to the dedicated professionals of the FBI and our law enforcement partners across the country for their tireless work to rescue trafficking survivors, including exploited children, to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of trafficking crimes, and to provide the services and support that survivors need and deserve”