The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Wednesday that more than 200 exploited children had been rescued in a massive operation to locate missing youths.
The FBI Atlanta Field Office released a statement confirming that, along with 27 other local, state, and federal law enforcement entities, that 231 missing children had been successfully located in the month of May during Operation Safe Summer.
“From May 1, 2019 to May 24, 2019, 231 missing and/or exploited children were located. The operation’s goal was to combat all forms of child exploitation and make our community safer for our children heading into the summer months. The end of OSS coincided with National Missing Children’s Day, May 25,” the release said.
The statement said that on average, one in seven missing children is a victim of sex trafficking.
“Thanks to the month-long efforts of our partners, 231 children are no longer vulnerable to predators who would seek to exploit them,” Chris Hacker, special agent in charge of FBI Atlanta, said. “Operation Safe Summer is another example of the FBI’s commitment to protecting our children before they become victims.”
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