In Ohio, 45 missing children and 109 survivors of human trafficking found

Ohio's US Marshals Service completed the largest anti-trafficking operation in state history on Monday.

THEoperation "Autumn Hope" set up by the Attorney General ofOhio, David Yost, helped to find 45 missing children, 109 survivors of human trafficking and resulted in 177 arrests.

David Yost broke the good news at a Zoom press conference on Monday, October 26.

“The success of Operation Autumn Hope is measured not only by the number of arrests but also by the lives that have been saved from this scourge. Every agency that participated in this operation is waiting for the day when no human being will be bought and sold in Ohio. Don't buy sex in Ohio! "

USA Today reports that according to the attorney general's office, the operation included four priorities:

“Save victims of human trafficking and refer them to social services, find missing and exploited children, apprehend those seeking to have sex with a minor and arrest male clients who seek to buy sex. "

The majority of the 177 arrests took place in the Toledo, Cleveland and Columbus areas according to CBN News.

According to one press release  Posted by US Marshall, which is a United States Federal Government Police Agency under the Department of Justice, Peter C. Tobin, US Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, wished to thank "all the staff who have participated in this operation ”.

He added that these are the same people "who hunt down violent fugitives every day" and wished to show his pride in his team:

“I am incredibly proud of them and happy that they were able to apply those same skills in the search for missing children. I know Operation “Autumn Hope” has made a difference in the lives of many people. "

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