FLINT, Mich — Dozens of Michigan children who had been reported missing were rescued on Thursday as part of an ongoing effort by the Trump administration to crack down on child sex traffickers.
According to a report published by WEIY-TV, 51 of the state’s 76 reported missing children were uncovered as part of a sting carried out by state and local police.
Investigators told WEYI that the goal was to locate children who had slipped through the cracks after being reported missing from school and, or foster care.
Police say many of the children who were located were victims of human trafficking.
The event was just the latest in a string of efforts by the federal government to rescue children who are at risk of human trafficking.
A sting on the sex-trafficking trade in the metro Atlanta area last week netted dozens of arrests and led to the rescue of approximately 160 children who had been forced to work as sex slaves.
Approximately 150 arrests were made in accordance with the Atlanta bust, known as Operation Safe Summer, and the children rescued, some as young as 3-years-old, were taken into protective custody.
President Trump’s battle against child sex trafficking, which he has made a priority in his administration, has resulted in thousands of arrests nationwide, mostly unreported by the mainstream media.
Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell says his officers will continue to work until the remaining missing children are located.