200+ SAVED — Massive Trafficking Ring EXPOSED
(FeaturedNews.com) – Every year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) joins hundreds of organizations nationwide for Operation Cross Country. The joint task force is a two-week deep dive into the seedy underworld of human trafficking. This time around, the effort boasted more than 260 recovered victims in the first half of August.
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The FBI released a statement about Cross Country XII, noting the effort saved 84 minor victims and 37 missing children. In addition, they freed 141 adults from abuse and exploitation, ending their nightmares. The youngest victim spared this year was just 11 years old, with the average age coming in at 15 and a half.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) played a huge role in the operation, offering support and resources throughout the campaign. The organization’s president and CEO, Michelle DeLaune, stressed that the unfortunate number of victims helped in this nationwide effort is a reflection of what her people see every day.
The executive lamented that traffickers, family members, and gangs are buying and selling children for sex regularly, adding that NCMEC is proud to work with the FBI to help solve the problem.
Aside from tracking and arresting the guilty parties, the operation also focuses resources on helping victims acclimate back to their lives, providing food, shelter, and other assistance.
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