16 missing children recovered by US marshals in the Philadelphia area
March 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 23: Parked cars are shown outside of the stadium with the downtown Philadelphia skyline in the background before the start of the NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 23, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sixteen children considered critically missing were rescued during a four-week operation that concluded this week, according to the US Marshals Service office in Philadelphia.
(CNN)Sixteen children considered critically missing were rescued during a four-week operation that concluded this week, according to the US Marshals Service office in Philadelphia.
At least four of the recovered children were connected to child sex trafficking, the marshals service said on Thursday.
The children involved are considered some of the most at-risk and challenging cases in the Philadelphia area, the marshals service said, based on high-risk factors including child sex trafficking and exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions.
Deputy US marshals assigned to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force led the operation along with personnel from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Bucks County Children Youth Services, the Philadelphia Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit, and the FBI.