Thursday, August 1, 2013

NCMEC & John Walsh: Sex Trafficking Victims Recovered

On July 29, 2013, Operation Cross
Country, part of the Innocence Lost
National Initiative created by the FBI in 2003 in partnership with the Department of Justice and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced the recovery of 105 children and arrest of 150 pimps and other individuals involved in underage sex trafficking after a 72 hour raid. NCMEC is proud to partner with the FBI, which has taken the lead in tackling the escalating threat of sex trafficking against America’s children.

During this nationwide sweep, our
analysts worked with the FBI to compare information about children being trafficked with children reported missing. We also helped FBI victim specialists on the scene with private donation “Hope Bags” to the victims, which provide basic necessities such as toiletries, flip flops, snacks, and a change of clothes.

As a part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, NCMEC serves as a clearinghouse for information obtained from the public and Electronic Service Providers about victims of child sex trafficking. NCMEC also provides analytical and technical assistance to law enforcement investigating these cases and dedicates case management support for missing children victimized through sex trafficking.

To date, the Innocence Lost Initiative, of which Operation Cross Country is a part, has successfully recovered more than 2,500 children. To learn more about NCMEC’s work with the Innocence Lost National Initiative and other programs to stop child sex trafficking, visit missingkids.com .

Operation Cross Country is saving lives –and bringing to justice those who violently manipulate these children and sell them for sex. We congratulate them on this recovery and commend the leadership of the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for attacking domestic child sex trafficking.

As a generous supporter of the National Center, you too played a role in the rescue of these children. Together, we are making a difference for America’s kids.

For our children,

John Walsh
Co-Founder

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