Thanks to the FBI and “Operation Missing in the Metroplex,” 31 families in North Texas reunited with their missing children.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the success of the operation Wednesday. The month-long operation began as a response to the sex-trafficking of minors in the area. Operation Missing in the Metroplex was the culmination of four police departments partnering with the U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations to locate and rescue the missing kids.
“We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partnerships in locating missing children and reuniting them with their families,” said Fort Worth Police Department Chief Neil Noakes.
According to Fox 4, the ages of the missing children ranged from 13 to 17 years. Additionally, at least seven had ties to the sex trafficking industry. Authorities found the others with friends and relatives, and reunited them with their proper guardians.
With the help of organization like the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Missing & Unidentified Persons Unit and the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, the operation was a success. Furthermore, the operation had help from tips by confidential sources, social media analysis, and non-stop patrol from the police. Although the operation has ended, the Department of Justice asserted that sex-trafficking is a major issue.
“Human trafficking is a serious issue and we will not rest until our most vulnerable population are safe,” Noakes said.