U.S. Marshals locate 45 missing children in Ohio
Attorney General David Yost announced that an anti-human trafficking operation had resulted in 45 missing children being recovered
By Deb Kiner
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General David Yost today announced that an anti-human trafficking operation called “Autumn Hope” has resulted in 45 missing children being recovered, according to WBNS Channel 10 in Columbus, Ohio.
The operation by U.S. Marshals, Yost said, was the largest anti-human trafficking effort in state history.
According to WBNS, the marshal’s offices in southern Ohio and West Virginia worked with the attorney general’s office “and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force to find missing and exploited children as part of the multi-agency enforcement operation.
Yost said more than 50 agencies were involved in the operation resulting in the rescue of 109 survivors and 177 arrests."
During the investigation, WBNS reported that a teenager who is suspected in several shootings and a homicide also was located.
Seventy-six additional cases were cleared, according to WBNS.
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