Law enforcement calls it Autumn Hope. It is a program aimed at saving children who are the victims of human trafficking. In Ohio, they recently rescued 45 children and arrested 189 suspects in human trafficking.
During the operation, 45 missing children were recovered and 169 arrests were made by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and U.S. Marshals in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Twenty children were also located per the request of law enforcement to ensure the child’s well-being. The U.S. Marshals office says during one of the missing child recoveries, a loaded gun was recovered. The 15-year-old male juvenile had two warrants and is suspected in multiple shootings and a homicide.
Peter Tobin, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, said:
“My thanks to all personnel who have stepped up for this operation. 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.”
This is just the latest child recovery and human trafficking operations in the United States run by the feds with the cooperation of local officials. They have recovered hundreds of children in the process. In September, “Operation Safety Net,” freed thirty-five children in Northeast Ohio.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said at the time:
“These are kids that have been abused, neglected. Some involved in human trafficking. Sometimes the situations they—they go to, believe it or not, may be better than the situations they left from.”
“We’ve had some cases where the mother and or father, or both, may have been prostituting their own child.”
Darby Kirby, Chief of the U.S. Marshals Missing Child Unit, said:
“When we track down fugitives, it’s a good feeling to know that we’re putting the bad guy behind bars. But that sense of accomplishment is nothing compared to finding a missing child, It’s hard to put into words what we feel when we rescue a missing child, but I can tell you that this operation has impacted every single one of us out here. We are working to protect them and get them the help they need.”
In my mind, there is nothing worse than prostituting children. This is an initiative started by President Trump. If he loses, the program will likely be stopped.