Feds, police recover 11 sex trafficking victims in Detroit

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
A month-long, national FBI operation to find sex traffickers and rescue child victims resulted in dozens of arrests and the identification and recovery of more than 100 juveniles, officials said.

Detroit — Nine juvenile and two adult victims of sex trafficking were recovered in Detroit last month by federal agents, officials said.

They also said three people accused of exploiting sex trafficking victims were arrested and agents have started three federal investigations in connection with the month-long effort to rescue minors from sex traffickers.

The recovery and arrests were part of a national initiative called Operation Independence Day that was executed in July. The FBI-led effort included 161 operations and resulted in the recovery or identification of 103 child victims and the arrest of 67 sex traffickers, officials said in a statement.

Detroit had the third highest number of juveniles recovered and identified in the effort, they said. Agents worked with the state police and several police departments, including Detroit police, Livonia police, Southfield police and Roseville police.

"The sale of our children and unsuspecting victims as mere commodities by traffickers is unacceptable and remains one of the highest priorities with the Detroit Division of the FBI," FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Rainer Drolshagen said in a statement. “Partnerships established with local, state and federal entities through our Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Task Force, it is evident that combating sex trafficking in our communities is of the highest priority and we are honored to be able to lead that charge.”

Las Vegas had the highest number of juveniles recovered with 14 and Dallas was second with 13.


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