FBI Announces Results of Sex Trafficking Operation, Joplin Police assist in Midwest region

JPD, one of the local agencies assisting FBI Kansas City during Operation Cross Country XII
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FBI Kansas City press release that highlights Joplin Police Dept participation in Operation Cross Country XXII, August 15, 2022.

Local agencies assisting FBI Kansas City during Operation Cross Country XII include:

  • Overland Park Kansas Police Dept
  • Kansas City Missouri Police Dept
  • Wichita Kansas Police Dept
  • Sedgewick County Kansas Sheriff’s office
  • Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children (CAC)
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Springfield Missouri Police Dept
  • Joplin Missouri Police Dept
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol

WASHINGTON D.C./KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The FBI, working with its state and local partners during two weeks in August, identified and located 84 minor victims of child sex trafficking and child sexual explotatoin offenses and located 37 actively missing children during a nationwide initiative focused on identifying and locating victims of sex trafficking and investigating and arresting individuals and criminal enterprises involved in both child sex trafficking and human trafficking.

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STATS NATIONAL:

  • 141 Adult victims located
  • 85 Suspects arrested
  • 15.5 The average age of victims rescued
  • 11 The age of youngest victim rescued

Locally, FBI agents from the Kansas City Division worked with law enforcement partners to identify suspects and victims. In Kansas City, 2 adolescent victims were identified and located. Throughout the areas where the operation took place and additional 12 adult victims were contacted and offered services. The operation took place Aug 4-7 and Aug 11-13.

STATS LOCAL (related to agencies listed above incl., Joplin Police Dept):

  • 2 Adolescent victims identified and located
  • 12 Adult victims located (offered services)

The Springfield Police Department arrested two people in the operation according to KY3-tv. Police say 1 man was booked for promoting prostitution. One woman was booked for prostitution.

The Justice Dept is committed to doing everything in our power to combat the insidious crimes of human trafficking that devastate survivors and their families,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in a media release to the Joplin region. “I am grateful to the dedicated professionals of the FBI and our law enforcement partners across the country for their tireless work to rescue trafficking survivors, including exploited children, to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of trafficking crimes, and to provide the services and support that survivors need and deserve.”

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The FBI is committed to ensure the safety of children and keeping them from harm. FBI Special Agent in Charge, Charles Dayoub states, “Operation Cross Country has a dual mission: targeting traffickers who wish to harm children, but also identify resources to offer these victims a way out from a cycle of abuse.”

Victim specialists provide a “bridge” for victims we are wary of the system, help the victim establish positive relationships with law enforcement, and ensure the humand trafficking victim population receives and appropriate resources available to them. Victim specialists also provide services based on the individual needs of human trafficking victims, to include crisis intervention, emergency food and clothing, transportation to receive emergency services, and locating shelter or housing. The task forces in the recent operation included federal, state, local and tribal partners, with efforts in every state.

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