(DailyVantage.com) – Every year, authorities carry out multiple operations to rescue sex trafficking victims and get offenders off the street. The most recent federal-level effort resulted in 30 arrests and the rescue of 5 teenage girls.
On December 27, 2021, the United States Marshals Service announced its successful completion of Operation Boo Dat, which involved multiple local and federal agencies and took place between October and December in the New Orleans locale. Law enforcement authorities recovered five girls between the ages of 14 and 17, some of whom had previous ties to human trafficking.
Working with several law enforcement agencies in Greater New Orleans, the U.S. Marshals Service recovered 5 teenagers who were missing and endangered and arrested 30 people — including 17 sex offenders during Operation Boo Dat.
— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) December 28, 2021
Among the recoveries were two sisters, who authorities suspect “may be victims of adult(s) felony criminal sexual activities,” and a 16-year-old who allegedly stole a relative’s car and a handgun to escape her home.
In all, US Marshals completed over 100 compliance checks as part of this operation. Of the 30 individuals taken into custody, authorities arrested 17 for failure to register as felony sex offenders. The sheer number of arrests prove sex trafficking is still a significant issue and multi-agency operations like this one are necessary to take some of the worst criminals off the streets and put them behind bars where they belong.
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