70 sex-trafficked children found in Texas, Colorado, and Mexico; Operation Lost Souls

Operation Lost Souls finds 70 sex-trafficked children in Texas, Colorado, and Mexico.

Photo from Operation Lost Souls

“Operation Lost Souls,” a three-week operation conducted by Homeland Security Investigators, El Paso, Texas Department of Public Safety and several federal, state and local agencies recovered 70 missing children victims of sex trafficking in El Paso, Midland, Ector, Tom Green County, Dallas, the state of Colorado and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The children ranged in age from 10 to 17 years old.

“You have individuals who due to the pandemic have been unable to go see their friends or travel. When you feel secluded at home, not able to go out and about, they meet people online and go meet with these individuals. It could be a dating site, social media sites such as Tik Tok, Tinder, Snapchat […] They meet these individuals not knowing they are trying to bring harm to them,” Taekuk Cho, Special Deputy Agent of Homeland Security Investigations said. The agencies provided victim services and counseling to the recovered children and their families.

If you have information about a human trafficking victim contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.

Read the original story at Breaking 911, Authorities Find 70 Missing Children In West Texas, https://breaking911.com/authorities-find-70-missing-children-in-west-texas/

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