45 missing children were rescued during an anti-human trafficking operation called “Autumn Hope” in Ohio.
45 Missing Children Rescued
“Autumn Hope” is the largest statewide anti-human trafficking operation in the history of Ohio. Dozens of federal, state, and local agencies worked together in the month-long investigation that led to the rescue of 109 victims, including 45 missing children.
“My thanks to all personnel who have stepped up for this operation,” Peter Tobin, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, said. “I know ‘Operation Autumn Hope’ has made a difference in a lot of young lives.”
In a press conference, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost explained the terrible difference between prostitution and human trafficking. He even referred trafficking to as “modern day slavery.”
“The difference between simple prostitution and human trafficking is the difference between two and three. Prostitution is simply a John and usually a woman, the person who is selling sex,” Dave said. “Human trafficking involves a third person, who is typically taking a cut of the money. And that’s what elevates the simple prostitution into the evil of modern day slavery.”
In a report by CBN News, former Army Ranger Jeff Tiegs of All Things Possible Ministries revealed a disturbing discovery about the target of human traffickers.
“There are particular traffickers that will target Christian girls,” Jeff said. “To get the girl that comes from a broken, abusive relationship, that didn’t stroke his ego. But for him to be able to pluck a pretty young woman from a Christian family in the suburbs and turn her out to sell her body for sex through him, to be trafficked, that was an ego boost for him.”
What can we do?
He then continued to encourage Christian parents to be aware of ths dark reality. As parents, we have to protect our children from the enemy.
“Parents have to talk to their daughters very candidly about what’s out there,” he continued. “Especially in this Christian bubble that we live in we don’t fully appreciate the evil that’s out there and the evil that’s trying to work its way into our lives.”