45 Missing Children Rescued In Ohio Human Trafficking Bust - 179 Arrested
'Autumn Hope' operation saw the US Marshals Service track down trafficked children
A massive human trafficking bust saw 45 missing children rescued and 179 arrests in Ohio, according to authorities.
The operation, dubbed Autumn Hope, saw the US Marshals Service track down trafficked children.
One of the victims rescued was a “high-risk” 15-year-old girl from Cleveland linked to human trafficking, authorities said Monday.
Authorities located and rescued twenty other children.
A loaded gun was recovered during one of the raids.
Authorities said a 15-year-old boy had two warrants and is suspected in multiple shootings and murder.
The arrest of an adult male who was later charged with concealment/removal of a minor child in Jackson County took place after a traffic stop.
The operation was conducted by the marshals in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and state and local agencies in Ohio.
Peter C. Tobin, US 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.”
The US Marshals conducted similar operations last year in Ohio.
Over a hundred people were arrested in September 2019 as part of a large child sex trafficking sting operation based in central Ohio, Neon Nettle, reported at the time.
Among those arrested were a medical doctor and a church youth director.
Twenty-four men were nabbed when they arrived at an undisclosed location to meet a child for sex, according to Maj. Steven Tucker of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office
"They show up with sex toys, they show up with lubrication," Tucker said at the time.
The suspects were then charged with attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, WBNS-TV reported.
Last month, 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 recovered cases were linked to human trafficking.