U.S. Marshal Service (USMS) Director Donald Washington, announced that more than 1,300 missing children have been rescued since fiscal year 2016.
In a dialogue with Fox News, Washington detailed on Thursday, Oct. 1, that most cases involve violence, drugs, and human trafficking.
According to the data provided by Washington, the Trump administration has doubled the number of annual rescues since the president arrived at the White House almost four years ago: 173 in 2016, 192 in 2017, 253 in 2018, 292 in 2019 and 375 so far in 2020.
“These are kids that are in particular danger as a result of either being victims of violent crime or because of who they are. For example, some of them may be in the middle of gang affiliations or in the midst of drug abusers or in the middle of some bad situations involving people who have violent tendencies and things of that sort,” Washington said.
Despite the fact that, year after year, the number of rescues has been rising, Washington made it clear that there are thousands of children who are still missing.
“We have 21,000 active missing persons under 18 cases open today. So there are a lot of them,” said the head of the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States.
In recent months, several sheriff’s deputies’ operations have been opened on different fronts, allowing dozens of missing or children in life-threatening situations to be recovered.
For example, the USMS recently conducted operations in northeast Ohio, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Georgia and elsewhere, recovering more than 100 children deemed to be at risk or missing.
On Oct. 1, the service announced that 11 children whose lives were in danger were located near New Orleans, Louisiana, after a weeklong operation.
USMS has more than 5,000 operational and administrative employees covering 94 districts, 218 sub-offices, and four overseas field offices.
President Trump has made combating human trafficking a focal point of his administration.
In April 2018, the FBI seized Backpage.com, the largest child sex trafficking website in the United States. Nearly three-quarters of the cases filed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children involved advertisements on Backpage.com.
In January 2019, the president signed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
At the end of 2019, he proclaimed January 2020 “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,” calling such crimes an “affront to humanity that tragically reaches all parts of the world.”
President Trump said that human trafficking “erodes personal dignity and destroys the moral fabric of society.”
He stated that it is “an intolerable blight on any society dedicated to freedom, individual rights, and the rule of law.”