U.S. Marshals Locate 16 Missing Kids In Philadelphia Area

A month-long investigation by federal authorities rescued more than a dozen missing children from the Philadelphia area. The U.S. Marshals Service office in Philadelphia reports that 16 kids considered “critically missing” were found in “Operation Safeguard.”

The search began four weeks ago when a U.S. Marshals Service task force took over 26 missing children cases at the request of other law enforcement agencies. The kids involved are some of the “most at-risk and challenging cases in the Philadelphia area and at least four of the children were connected to child sex trafficking, according to officials.

“Our hope is for a better future for the 16 children we recovered,” explains Eric Gartner, the US marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “Our resolve remains steadfast in finding other children in peril.”

Source: CNN