Authorities in Kansas and Missouri recently rescued 31 victims of human trafficking, including a 4-year-old child.
According to the United States, the rescued victims were sexually exploited Department of Homeland SecurityThe 4-year-old is the youngest rescued among the 31 victims of human trafficking, including 14 missing children and 17 adults.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that “the operation was carried out in Wichita, Kansas, Independence, Missouri, and Kansas City, Missouri, from June 17 to 26, 2021.”
The statement read: “The result of the operation was announced by James Wright, the deputy homeland security investigation agent in charge of Kansas City.” “He announced the news together with Heartland Anti-Trafficking Rescue Taskforce partners from the region. “
In addition to rescuing 31 victims of human trafficking, the operation also arrested 82 people. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s statement, these individuals “will be charged with crimes related to prostitution, commercial sex trafficking, sodomy, drug violations, felony assault on the police, sex offender registration violations, and pending arrest warrants.”
Department of Homeland Security investigators received assistance from the Wichita Police Department during the operation; Kansas State Bureau of Investigation; Kansas State Highway Patrol; Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Marshal Service; Platte County Sheriff’s Office; Independent Police Department ; Jackson County Sheriff’s Department; Missouri Highway Patrol; Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office and Hutchinson Police Department.
The Department of Homeland Security did not disclose any rescued or arrested victims, noting that “the defendant in this case is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial. The government has the responsibility to prove guilt and exclude reasonable doubt.”
Department of Homeland Security investigators completed a similar operation in Fresno County, California on Thursday. The focus of the stealth operation is to arrest human traffickers and child predators who try to pay for sex with minors. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the operation ended on June 23, resulting in the rescue of 10 women and girls from the “sex trade” and the arrest of 21 people.
The arrested person was charged with “contacting minors with intent to commit sexual crimes, assisting in prostitution, arranging meetings with minors for obscene purposes, and soliciting prostitution”.
Weekly newspaper The Department of Homeland Security was contacted for further comment, but no response was received in time.