The FBI has recovered 33 children in a joint agency operation to recover missing children.
Some of the other children found had been sexually exploited in the past, and some were classified as vulnerable missing children before their recovery. Some of the children were also arrested for probation violations, robbery, or other misdemeanors. The operation resulted in the arrest of one suspected human trafficker and the opening of multiple investigations.
The FBI reports that their "caseload for both sex and labor trafficking-related crimes has increased significantly in the past several years. As of November 2020, there were more than 1,800 pending trafficking investigations, including those involving minors exploited through commercial sex trafficking." In the year 2020, the FBI initiated 664 human trafficking investigations nationally, resulting in the arrests of 473 people.