“These are not children that are in some faraway land,” said Donald Washington, director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “They are America’s children and they are kids that we need to go and find.”
Washington said that every 40 seconds a child is abducted in the United States. Of the more than 421,000 children missing in the U.S., 91 percent are considered endangered runaways, he said, and about one-sixth of those are likely to become sex trafficking victims.
Gov. Mike DeWine also mentioned the rescue during a press briefing Tuesday.
Human trafficking is a tragedy that occurs every day in the U.S. and unfortunately Ohio is no exception, he said.
The governor added that its important for Ohioans to recognize the signs of trafficking, such a young person with someone older who does not appear to be a parent, a young person who is rarely alone or a young person with a controlling boyfriend.
DeWine noted that a large percentage of people who are trafficked are runaways, but that not all runaways are trafficked.
If anything looks out of place with children in your neighborhood or you know of a missing child, call the U.S. Marshals tip line at 1-866-492-6833.