179 Ohio child kidnapping suspect arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service
During the Ohio law enforcement rescue operation, 45 kidnapped minor children were rescued. More than 170 people were arrested, Ohio CBS affiliate WBNS reports.
“Across southern Ohio, 76 missing and exploited children cases were cleared, including 45 by physical recovery by the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Among those missing included a 15-year-old girl missing from Cleveland whose recovery linked her and other possible victims to an individual in Columbus suspected of human trafficking; a 15-year-old male with two warrants who is a suspect in multiple shootings and a homicide; and a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing by the Lancaster Police Department who was recovered in Columbus within six hours of being reported missing,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in the press release.
According to the Independent, 157 people “were charged with soliciting and other crimes including firearm possession” and 22 arrested were charged with “seeking to have sex with a minor”.In recent months, the Autumn Hope rescue operation has become the second in Ohio after "Safety Net" and "Not Forgotten" in Georgia.
“These vulnerable members of our population usually slip through the cracks,” said sergeant Dana Hess, director of the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. “This operation highlighted the vast number of potential victims and allowed law enforcement the opportunity to make contact and link them to services.”