#minorsextrafficking | Sixteen missing children rescued in month-long operation by US marshals


At least four of the recovered youngsters were connected to child sex trafficking in the Philadelphia area, officials say.

Authorities began Operation Safeguard on 5 February when a marshals task force took over 26 missing children cases at the request of law enforcement agencies.

The marshals said that the children were considered some of the most at risk cases in the Philadelphia area, based on sex trafficking, exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse and medical or mental health conditions.

“Our hope is for a better future for the 16 children we recovered,” said Eric Gartner, the US marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

“I applaud the exceptional cooperation among our respective agencies in combating this most abhorrent affront to society.



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