Over 120 missing children have been located in just one day as part of an astonishingly successful police operation in Michigan. Last month, authorities managed to find 123 children in the Wayne County area, which includes the city of Detroit.
The U.S. Marshals Service said Operation MISafeKid was focused on finding child victims of human trafficking.
“The Eastern District of Michigan is fully committed to assisting state and local agencies with locating and recovering missing children and the prevention of their falling victim to sex trafficking,” the U.S. Marshals Service said following the operation. “The Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit is tasked with investigating and recovering missing children upon request by a law enforcement agency currently attempting to locate a missing child.”
The police “investigated missing child case files prior to the operation,” the release noted, according to The Detroit News. “Participating officers were given the case files and began investigating their whereabouts by visiting last known addresses, friends’ homes and schools in hopes of finding them in a safe place.”
The Marshals noted that three of those found were thought to have been illegally sex trafficked, and one of the youths was homeless and had not eaten anything for several days, according to the New York Post. However, regardless of the reason for the children becoming separated from their guardians, law enforcement made their mission very clear to those who are still missing.
“The message to the missing children and their families that we wish to convey is that we will never stop looking for you,” the Marshal Service declared, noting that there are still 178 kids from their operation brief who are yet to be located.