The U.S. Marshals Service - Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit, U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch, Michigan State Police and law enforcement officers from Wayne County have announced that a one-day sting operation, Operation MISafeKids, held on September 26 resulted in the recovery of 123 missing children in Wayne County.

Three of the cases were identified as being possible sex trafficking cases after investigators spoke to the children. One homeless teen was taken back to the Michigan State Police command post after it was discovered that he hadn't eaten in three days. He was given food and then turned over to Child Protective Services for aftercare.

This is the first time an operation of this kind has been conducted in Wayne County. In addition to the 123 children recovered on September 26, nine children were recovered prior to the operation and an additional seven children were recovered after.

The message to the missing children and their families that we wish to convey is that we will never stop looking for you.

Agencies involved in the operation included the USMS Detroit DMCRU (SOIB), Michigan State Police, Allen Park Police Department, Canton Police Department, Dearborn Heights Police Department, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Public Schools Police Department, FBI, Flat Rock Police Department, Inkster Police Department, Northville Township Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Redford Township Police Department, Riverview Police Department, Romulus Police Department, Trenton Police Department, Van Buren Township Police Department, Wayne Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its Children’s Protective Services (CPS) and Vista Maria Juvenile Detention Center.

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