A task force of multiple law enforcement agencies found 123 missing children in a single-day sweep that went after the sex trafficking rings in Michigan. Operation MISafeKid also yielded information about two other missing children in different states.
The agencies involved were the US Marshals Service, Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, Wayne County local law enforcement, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General.
The operation had 301 case files for missing children open before the sweep, which was the first of its kind in Wayne County, according to the report.
All recovered children were interviewed by authorities about possibly being sexually victimized or used in a sex trafficking ring and officials said three identified as possible sex trafficking cases.
Operations like these need to be handled swiftly. Sex trafficking rings are often designed to collapse and scatter once word gets out that parts have been compromised. By utilizing so many agencies in a coordinated single-day effort, they can cover the necessary ground before portions of the rings start to collapse.
This is a huge win for law enforcement. The safety of these children can be attributed to solid planning, good information, and proper coordination.