Texas authorities rescued 70 missing children victimized by sex trafficking.
The operation, dubbed “Operation Lost Souls” started in April and involved US Marshals, the FBI and other local Texas law enforcement agencies.
Authorities located the missing children ages 10 to 17 in El Paso, Midland, Ector and Tom Green.
“Operation Lost Souls” located and recovered 70 missing children in Midland, Ector, El Paso and Tom Green counties in Texas. This operation ran from the end of April to mid-May.
— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) May 31, 2022
Fox News reported:
Law enforcement officials have successfully recovered dozens of missing children as part of a joint task force operation in West Texas.
The three-week operation, known as “Operation Lost Souls,” started in late April in the Texas counties of El Paso, Midland, Ector and Tom Green and recovered 70 children ranging in age from 10 to 17 who were victims of sex trafficking, physical and sexual abuse, according to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security.
“Operation Lost Souls exemplifies Homeland Security Investigations’ commitment to protecting the public from crimes of victimization. In this case, we are looking out for our children — our community’s most precious resource,” said HSI El Paso Deputy Special Agent in Charge Taekuk Cho.
“HSI is committed to continue working with our law enforcement partners to locate, recover and help missing children heal, while ensuring that perpetrators are held responsible for these heinous crimes and brought to justice.”