Authorities rescue 120+ missing children in Wayne County

DETROIT, Mich. -- Several law enforcement agencies worked together on a one-day sting in Detroit, recovering missing children from the area with an emphasis on locating victims of sex trafficking.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the one-day sting took place back on September 26 throughout Wayne County, with the help of the Michigan State Police.

Authorities took part in the Operation MISafeKid, a missing juvenile sweep to identify and recover missing children from the area with an emphasis on locating victims of sex trafficking.

Out of the more than 300 missing children in the state, we're told more than 123 missing children were found. A total of three sex trafficking cases were discovered in what officials say was the first time an operation of this kind has been conducted in Wayne County.

The U.S. Marshals service says its message to the missing children and their families that they wish to convey is that we will never stop looking for you.

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11 comments

  • dace

    and, ahhh “Out of the more than 300 missing children in the state” is wrong. 1400 state-wide…. 300 in the Wayne “area” per U.S. Marshall press release 10/03/18.

  • Duane Young

    I would like to know more of this story ! there had to be a lead or info to find all these kids . If so successful why are we not doing this every day ?

  • Msmith

    This is incredibly misleading. All of these kids were listed as missing because no one had followed up on their case. They were “found” in foster care or with friends and relatives.

    • Sarah

      Thank you for the correct information! For them to say they found 100+ kids in Wayne county because 300 are missing – why are 300 kids missing? 10 kids missing is too many even one! I understand resources are low but if they are actually low let’s begin to change some the policies on this stuff! Nothing can ever be perfect but it sure could be better

  • Sherry Anne Meredith

    To all who were involved in rescuing some of the missing children, thank you! Please keep up the hard work! Some of us out here are very appreciative of all of you!

  • Tony Lapelle

    This story is VERY misleading. They weren’t “being held”. They were mostly teenagers and runaways that were with other parents, friends, other family members, living on their own, or living on the street. These were just people under 18 who were at some time reported as missing. There is no mention of kidnapping, though I’m sure that is the intention of the media, to mislead and scare the public. The reason that most of them were probably missing is because of their awful homelife. They likely experienced more abuse in their homes than they did while somewhere else. Isn’t it great that law enforcement brought them all back to their abusive guardian households? All 123 were questioned and of the 123, there were 3 that spoke of possible trafficking. No mention of whether this “possible” trafficking was by force or choice. Also, this activity could have been with their family or homelife, which is why they ran away and were missing in the first place. The vast, vast majority of sex workers do it by choice, not by force, whether under or over 18 and a vast number of missing children and runaways are running away from physical, mental, and sexual abuse, as well as forced sex work by a family member.

  • Lindsey Wilhite

    They only found 3 kids. The rest were all found at their last known address. All this points to is that the department/state is profoundly bad at instigating missing childrens cases