Parents: Beware of what to look for. This happens everyday on the internet.
Every once in a while, a news story comes across my Twitter feed, and it helps catapults me out of my seat and makes me jump for joy. Last night was one such occasion because it is always good news to hear that children have been rescued from a desperate situation that they would otherwise die in. It is not only child abuse, but a deadly game that never results in a good ending for those who remain in it.
The FBI along with nearly 400 law enforcement agencies around the United States was successful in rescuing 168 children from child sex slavery over the last week. Operation Cross Country began approximately a week ago in 106 cities around the United States. The FBI reported that 281 pimps were arrested in the sting operation, but that is a drop in the bucket compared to what is actually out there.
The FBI and local agencies have been working on breaking up sex trafficking rings involving children since 2008. During that time, they have freed more than 3,600 children from the evil arms of pimps and placed them back into the loving arms of their families. More than 1,450 successful convictions have taken place to get traffickers off the streets and behind bars where they belong.
Americans are urged to contact authorities with any information that could lead to the rescue of children and the arrest of those who would do harm to them. The atrocity will continue as long as Americans remain silent, and that is unacceptable. The FBI and local law enforcement agencies need the help of every day citizens in order to bring it to an end.
It’s nice to have a little good news in a world full of bad news. It is especially wonderful for me to hear it on the eve of my young granddaughter’s birthday. Children should be celebrating occasions like that with their families; not out on the streets satisfying the sick needs of some degenerate who should be behind bars for the rest of their lives. Danny Rush, from my novel, Danny’s Grace would be proud that these children were rescued (though he took care of things in his own degenerate way) and I am proud as well. Kudos to the FBI and all of the law enforcement agencies that were involved. It is a good day in America today.