Recent rescues

"Operation Independence Day: FBI Rescue More Than 100 Child Sex Trafficking Victims Across US." recently reported that during July 2019, "The FBI identified or recovered 103 juveniles in total and arrested 67 traffickers, according to a press release issued this week by the federal agency. The crackdown, titled “Operation Independence Day,” relied on the work of more than 400 agencies partnering with the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces in each of the bureau’s 56 field offices."

"Christopher Wray, director of the FBI, said the agency is “fiercely focused on recovering child victims and arresting sex traffickers who exploit them.” He added, “Through operations like this, the FBI helps child victims escape the abusive life of sex trafficking.”

In the Pacific Northwest, the KOMO News headline for Operation Independance Day was  "Six teens rescued during FBI sex trafficking sweep in Seattle."  

The article said, "The six teen victims rescued in Seattle was the fourth-highest number of all U.S. cities.  Las Vegas had the highest number of teen victims, with 14, the Associated Press reported. Dallas was next in the number of juveniles recovered and identified, with 13. Detroit had 9. Seattle and Atlanta each had 6.

To make the arrests and rescue the victims, undercover officers scanned social media and escort sites looking for what appeared to be juveniles advertising for commercial sex. They then set up fake dates, met at pre-arranged locations, and then brought individuals - and their pimps in some cases - in for interviews to determine if they were underage or trafficked."

Let's cheer for the efforts of the FBI and let's pray that each rescued victim can get the needed help so he/she can live a free, peaceful, and fruitful life.  

Behind the scenes

Three cheers for Hope4Justice volunteers quietly and steadily working behind the scenes on Hope4Justice communications.  Many thanks to Jasmine, Travis, and Anne-Marie for their work on website updates, facebook posts, and emails to the Engedi prayer group.

Your faithful efforts are greatly appreciated! 

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