LIVONIA, MI – The Michigan State Police (MSP) and law enforcement officers from federal and local agencies in the Wayne County area participated in Operation MISafeKid today, Sept. 26, a missing juvenile sweep with an emphasis on uncovering victims of sex trafficking.
Officers were given packets of information about the children, and their cases, and spent the day visiting last known addresses, friend’s homes and schools in hopes of finding them safe.
During the eight-hour operation, 107 juveniles were recovered safely. All located were interviewed about potential sex trafficking crimes and, as a result, three new sex trafficking cases were opened. One 14-year-old child was found to be homeless and squatting in a vacant home. He was safely returned to foster care.
This is the first time an operation of this kind has been conducted in Wayne County. Similar sweeps have been conducted in Genesee County with great success.
Agencies involved included the Allen Park Police Department, Canton Police Department, Dearborn Heights Police Department, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Public Schools Police Department, FBI-Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Task Force, Flat Rock Police Department, Inkster Police Department, Northville Township Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Redford Township Police Department, Riverview Police Department, Romulus Police Department, Trenton Police Department, Van Buren Township Police Department, Wayne Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the United States Marshal Service-Missing Child Recovery Unit as well as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its Children’s Protective Services (CPS) and Vista Maria.