Children going missing is, unfortunately, more common than you might think, Children go missing all the time and they are rarely reunited with their families. This story is different though, the DOJ moved swiftly to recover 27 missing children in a span of 5 days. More from the Daily Wire:
In a press release, the Department of Justice announced that “Operation Find Our Children” had found 27 missing children and had confirmed the location of six additional children who had been previously reported as missing but were found with their legal guardians. It is unclear what led to the initial missing report of these six children.
“I can think of no more critical or satisfying mission for a law enforcement officer, than rescuing an endangered child,” said Nick E. Proffitt, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This operation brought together a formidable team that was, and is, determined to come to the aid of our youth and bring to justice those among us that choose to prey on these vulnerable children. I am proud of the Deputy Marshals in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and their partners for the work they accomplished this week – and the results speak for themselves; these 27 children are safe once again. I am deeply humbled and highly honored that our team in Eastern Virginia is a continuing part of this critical Marshals Service mission. We want the missing children across this great nation to know the U.S. Marshals Service will never stop looking for you, we will find you.”
The operation was conducted with the help of U.S. Marshals from the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, as well as members of the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, and police officers and detectives from multiple federal, state, and local agencies. Another 50 employees of the Virginia Department of Social Services and medical professionals and experts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children aided in the operation as well.
This is a great story and one that serves as a reminder that not all hope is lost. The DOJ and FBI have stepped up the effort to combat human trafficking under the Trump administration. The unfortunate reality is however that this is not the happy ending most families get, however things are looking better and this administration is doing what it can to move forward and do good.