FBI’s “Operation Independence Day” A Success

FBI’s “Operation Independence Day” A Success

On August 6th, the FBI reported that they completed a month long investigation aimed at taking down sex-traffickers and saving children victims.

During “Operation Independence Day” 103 juveniles were either identified or recovered. The FBI also arrested 67 people across the country who are alleged traffickers. The initiative also resulted in 60 new federal criminal investigations. FBI Director Christopher Wray said about the recently completed operation,

“The FBI is fiercely focused on recovering child victims and arresting the sex traffickers who exploit them. Through operations like this, the FBI helps child victims escape the abusive life of sex trafficking.”

Over the course of the month long operation, over 400 law enforcement agencies worked on the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces in all 56 FBI field offices. Agents and analysts at FBI Headquarters also worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help identify runaway children, missing children, and others who have been subjected to human trafficking.

The final statistics for Operation Independence Day are as follows:

  • Minor Victims Recovered: 82
  • Minor Victims Identified: 21
  • Adult Victims Encountered: 39
  • Traffickers Arrested: 67
  • Nationwide Operations Conducted: 161
  • Federal Cases Initiated: 60

List of juvenile recoveries by city:

  • Albuquerque: 1
  • Atlanta: 6
  • Boston: 1
  • Buffalo: 1
  • Charlotte: 3
  • Chicago: 2
  • Cincinnati: 1
  • Cleveland: 2
  • Columbia: 2
  • Dallas: 13
  • Detroit: 9
  • Denver: 4
  • Honolulu: 1
  • Houston: 3
  • Jacksonville: 1
  • Kansas City: 2
  • Knoxville: 2
  • Las Vegas: 14
  • Little Rock: 1
  • Los Angeles: 4
  • Memphis: 2
  • Miami: 1
  • Milwaukee: 1
  • New Haven: 1
  • New Orleans: 1
  • Portland: 4
  • Richmond: 1
  • Sacramento: 1
  • San Antonio: 4
  • San Diego: 4
  • San Francisco: 2
  • Seattle: 6
  • Washington Field: 2

Source:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/operation-independence-day-2019

Author: 777 Media Source