#minorsextrafficking | 31 missing Dallas-Fort Worth children recovered after monthlong operation, U.S. Attorney’s Office says


Police and federal officials in North Texas have “located, recovered or rescued” 31 missing children after a monthlong operation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas says.

The U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigation partnered with police in Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth and Grand Prairie on “Operation Missing in the Metroplex.”

Most of the children were found with friends or family members and were reunited with their legal guardians, but seven of them were found to be involved in sex trafficking.

“We are grateful to be a part of a coalition of extraordinary law enforcement agencies who were dedicated in reuniting these children with their loved ones,” Dallas Police Department Police Chief Eddie Garcia said in a written statement Wednesday. “It is our hope that each of them will be able to put this traumatic experience behind them and move forward to have a happy and productive life.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Missing & Unidentified Persons Unit and the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services helped investigate the missing children cases while a local nonprofit collected tips to help with the recoveries, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The seven children who were tied to sex trafficking cases were girls from 13 to 17 years old, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Three were found in Dallas, two in Fort Worth, one in Houston and one in Kerens, southeast of Dallas.

Spokesman Todd Martin declined to say whether criminal charges had been filed in connection with any of the cases.

“I do not have any further information for you,” he said.

He also would not comment on the exact span of time the children were recovered.

Authorities say to call local law enforcement immediately if your child is missing and provide the child’s name, height, weight and other descriptive information. Then, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).



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