The U.S. Marshals Service recently launched a nationwide effort to recover missing and exploited children. Three major operations rescued over 100 children, many of them from sex traffickers. But a disturbing trend discovered during the operation should launch a nationwide investigation into the American child welfare system. PJ Media reached out to USMS for details on the rescued children and was told that the majority of them came from foster care. This information was ignored in the initial media reports on the operation. Dave Oney, press contact at the USMS, responded via email to questions about the rescued children.
The U.S. Marshals announced this week that they had located and rescued eight missing children in Indiana. The missing children recovered in “Operation Homecoming” were said to be “highly endangered.”
The children were “considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sex abuse, physical abuse and medical or mental health conditions,” according to the statement released by the U.S. Marshals Service, Southern District of Indiana.
With children and adults spending more time online due to virtual learning and increased working from home, the center says there are more opportunities for children to be exploited online. The center says in the first quarter of the year they became aware of predators openly discussing the pandemic as an opportunity to entice unsupervised children into producing sexually explicit material.
38-year-old Kellie Cannon was convicted of aiding, inducing or causing child molesting and trafficking of a minor. A man charged in the case, Rusty Reuille, killed himself when officers showed up at his home with a warrant for his arrest back in May of 2018.
An Ind. man convicted of sex trafficking a 15-year-old Indianapolis girl received his sentence. Krisean Porter, 32, received 15 years after being convicted of charges including promoting human trafficking, promoting prostitution and sexual misconduct with a minor.
Krisean Porter, 32, of Indianapolis, IN, was convicted on felony charges including promoting human trafficking, promoting prostitution and sexual misconduct with a minor. Prosecutors said text messages between Porter and the victim showed a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviors, commonly used by sex traffickers.
He’d see it on the news. These teens who walked into the mall, smiling with spending money in their pockets, ready to hit the food court or the latest fashion shop or gaming store, being abducted and sold into sex traffickin
Linda hopes her partnership with Ascent 121 will spark others to be voices for those young victims.
“First and foremost just creating awareness that Ascent 121 is doing an amazing job, and i just want to help them and be part of helping children who are highly at-risk and traumatized.”
The Kristy Love Foundation opened its first home for victims of sex trafficking opens in southern Indiana on Monday, and the beds are expected to be filled very soon.
The Center, located in Evansville, is a safe haven for domestic and sexually abused victims spanning 11 counties in the region. Albion’s Community Engagement Director, Mallorie Cloum, tells us in 2016, the center served five individuals involved in trafficking. In 2017, the number was from 15 to 17, according to Cloum. So far in 2018, the number of victims who have come forward has climbed to 28