Source: Baxter Dmitry
The largest human trafficking operation in Ohio history resulted in the recovery of 45 missing children and 179 arrests, according to authorities.
The month-long operation, dubbed Autumn Hope, saw the US Marshals Service track down and recover dozens of trafficked children.
In all, 109 human trafficking victims were rescued and referred to social services, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office reported. More than 50 agencies participated in the operation, which also included the arrest of a man and the recovery of two children in West Virginia.
The operation included four priorities, according to the attorney general’s office: “Rescuing victims of human trafficking and referring them to social services, recovering missing and exploited children, apprehending those seeking to have sex with a minor” and “arresting male johns seeking to buy sex.”