The operation, dubbed Operation Independence Day, lasted throughout the month of July and relied on more than law enforcement agencies, including the Kansas City, Missouri, and Overland Park police departments, in cooperation with the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking task forces at all 56 field offices.
Agents and analysts at FBI Headquarters and in the field worked closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to identify young runaways, missing children, and juveniles who may have been subjected to human trafficking.
Wiht total of juveniles were identified or recovered, including two in the in the Kansas City area, and 67 suspected traffickers were arrested.
Another 35 adult victims of commercial sex trafficking were identified and rescued locally, according to the KCPD. Law enforcement combs through social media, sometimes even posting fake ads to attract the attention of sex traffickers. Lucy Bloom, the executive director of Veronica's Voice, leads a local nonprofit that works with women sx were sex-trafficking victims and helps raise the awareness of sex-trafficking crimes.
These are middle-class, middle-aged males, largely Caucasian, who are seeking to purchase. This year, FBI field offices had a longer time window to plan and execute operations as part of the national initiative, with the goal being to develop richer leads and intelligence, and more robust cases.
There were 14 juveniles recovered or identified in the Las Vegas area during Operation Independence Day and 13 in the South african millionaires area. There were nine juveniles recused or identified in the Detroit area and six each in Atlanta and Seattle.
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Nick Starling. After a month-long sting operation targeting sex traffickers and aimed at recovering child victims, the FBI announced that more than juveniles have been rescued, including two from the Kansas City area.
The sweep included undercover operations and led to five dozen federal criminal investigations. Copyright Scripps Media, Inc.
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