45 Missing Children Rescued in MASSIVE Human Trafficking Bust

45 missing children rescued in massive human trafficking bust in Ohio

A massive human trafficking bust resulted in 45 missing children being rescued and 179 arrested in Ohio on Monday.

The operation, dubbed Autumn Hope, saw US Marshals Service rescue the trafficked children.

One of the victims rescued was a “high-risk” 15-year-old girl from Cleveland linked to human trafficking, authorities announced.

Authorities rescued twenty other children.

During one of the raids, a loaded gun was recovered. Authorities said a 15-year-old boy had two warrants and is suspected in multiple shootings and a murder.

Nypost.com reports: Two other juveniles were found in West Virginia during a traffic stop, leading to the arrest of an adult male who was charged with concealment/removal of a minor child in Jackson County.

Autumn Hope was conducted by the marshals in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and state and local agencies in Ohio.

“My thanks to all personnel who have stepped up for this operation,” said Peter C. Tobin, US Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio. “These are the same personnel who hunt down violent fugitives every day. I’m incredibly proud of them and pleased that they were able to apply those same skills to finding missing children. I know Operation Autumn Hope has made a difference in a lot of young lives.”

The US Marshals have conducted similar operations before, including in Ohio.

Last month, they said 35 missing children, between the ages of 13 and 18 from the Cuyahoga County area, were located during Operation Safety Net. Just over 20 percent of the found cases were tied to human trafficking.

That same month, the marshals also announced the arrest of 262 suspects, including 141 gang members, and the recovery of five missing children in Oklahoma.

Thirty-nine children were found in Georgia during Operation Not Forgotten in August and eight missing kids were recovered in Indiana in September as part of Operation Homecoming.

The marshals have found missing children in 75 percent of cases the agency has received — and 72 percent of those cases were recovered within a week, officials said.

Since 2005, the agency has recovered more than 2,000 missing kids.