fbpx
Dallas, TX
Friday, October 7, 2022
86°
English Español

Social

Fine Print

English Español

70 Missing Children Found in West Texas

Featured, State

Homeland Security logo is seen during a joint news conference in Washington, Feb. 25, 2015. | Image by Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

Donate to Dallas Express to Keep it Free

Homeland Security Investigations in the El Paso division of Texas recovered 70 missing children last week. The Texas Department of Public Safety partnered up with teams from federal, local, and state agencies to assist in the location and recovery of the children. Operation Lost Souls was conducted over three weeks before finding success.

The operation began in late April 2022 and concluded in mid-May. It took place in the Texan counties of El Paso, Midland, Ector, and Tom Green. The operation’s purpose was to carry out the relocation of runaways and other missing children.

The recovered children range from ages 10 to 17. In addition to being runaways, many of the children had been abducted and subjected to physical and sexual assault and abuse. Some became involved in sex trafficking.

In addition to the children found in the greater West Texas area, others were located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the state of Colorado, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, according to reports from authorities. The recovered victims have been provided the necessary tools and outlets required for mental and physical recovery, including healthcare and counseling services for them and their families.

This outcome was initially released in a press conference on May 25, National Missing Children’s Day. The children’s recovery was a victory for all involved, bringing hope to the parents of other missing children.

“Operation Lost Souls exemplifies Homeland Security Investigations’ commitment to protecting the public from crimes of victimization. In this case, we are looking out for our children – our community’s most precious resource,” stated Taekuk Cho, HSI El Paso Deputy Special Agent in Charge. He continued, “HSI is committed to continue working with our law enforcement partners to locate, recover and help missing children heal, while ensuring that perpetrators are held responsible for these heinous crimes and brought to justice.”

DPS Major Matthew Mull commented, “At the Department of Public Safety, teamwork is one of our core values. We are grateful for all of our law enforcement partners who participated in this operation and who work around the clock every day to protect our communities, including our youth.”

If you have information about a human trafficking victim or this type of criminal activity, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

We welcome and appreciate comments on The Dallas Express as part of a healthy dialogue. We do ask that you be kind. Kind to each other and to everyone else in your comments. For more information, please refer to our Complete Comment Moderation Policy.

Subscribe to Comments
Notify of
guest

6 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Rita
Rita
4 months ago

Praises to our Homeland Security, TX Department of Public Safety and all law enforcement teams for doing this amazing work. May you continue to be even more successful in bringing these evil people to justice!

RCBarron
RCBarron
Reply to  Rita
3 months ago

And shame to them that it was ever allowed to happen!

Davidson
Davidson
4 months ago

Bravo to those involved in this action! The felons involved in child abduction should face the most severe penalty and I support additional laws enacted to have life sentences and death sentences for anyone convicted for abducting or assisting in this criminal enterprise.

Mary E.B.
Mary E.B.
3 months ago

If we don’t close the border then we are complicit in promoting child trafficking.

RCBarron
RCBarron
Reply to  Mary E.B.
3 months ago

This is happening within our borders. There are hundreds of children kissing from the southwest, Midwest and constantly disappearing within our borders.

RCBarron
RCBarron
3 months ago

The horrific tragedy that 70 children could have been accumulated in west Texas and abused for so long after abduction leaves me wondering how the heck that could have gone on under the radar so long. While it’s incredibly good news to know of their rescue we should all be horrified that it was ever able to happen here or anywhere!! There should be an open and federal investigation. I’m also wondering if any came from Trumps tragic, forced removal of children from their parents. That this was able to happen should shake our state down to its core. .

Most Read