On Aug. 6, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the rescue of 103 sexually exploited children and the arrest of 67 sex traffickers during Operation Independence Day.
The giant FBI-led raid involving more than 400 agencies was executed during July and involved 161 operations across the country, according to the DOJ website.
As part of the procedure, FBI special agents and intelligence analysts reviewed information provided through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Cyber Tipline to identify children who are missing or at risk of sexual exploitation.
Actions were then coordinated with the 86 Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces (CEHTTFs).
Once recovered, minors and adult victims of trafficking are assisted by the FBI’s Division of Victim Services and other specialists through its 56 offices.
Attorney General William P. Barr said, ” Child sex trafficking is a heinous crime that preys on the most vulnerable in our society,” according to DOJ.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said, ” Make no mistake, the FBI is fiercely focused on recovering child victims and arresting the sex traffickers who exploit them,” according to the same source.
Since June 2003, the FBI, along with the Justice Department Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and NCMEC, launched the Innocence Lost National Initiative (ILNI).
Among the achievements of this campaign are the rescue of 6,600 child victims, in addition to 2,750 convictions, including 15 life sentences and many others that exceed 25 years of imprisonment for offenders.
Geoffrey Rogers, co-founder and CEO of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, said: ” I’m outraged at the fact there’s over 100,000 kids in America that are sold for sex every single day. What we are also outraged about is—where is the outrage?” according to The Epoch Times.
Similarly, President Donald Trump and his administration said they are working to end human trafficking, also known as ‘modern slavery,’ the White House announced in a statement Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.
“My administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrible practice of human trafficking,” he said as part of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF).
In addition, the Trump administration has announced that it will limit the number of Level 3 countries that will receive national security exemptions.
According to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, these are countries whose governments do not meet the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and are not making significant efforts to do so.
These include China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela.
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking worldwide and of these, 4.8 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation.