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35 missing Northeast Ohio children recovered during month-long operation; 5 remain unaccounted for


Of the 35 missing and endangered children between the ages of 13 and 18 recovered during Operation Safety Net, just over 20% of them were tied to human trafficking.

The children recovered were located in areas that include Cleveland, Akron, Mansfield, Columbus, and Miami, Fla.
Initially, 40 cases of missing children were referred to the operation. Only five cases remain open.

Because of the success of Operation Safety Net, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio has established a permanent Missing Child unit, which will serve 40 counties in Northern Ohio to focus on missing, abused, and trafficking youth.