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70 missing children recovered, 40 found in Midland-Odessa area

Majority of “Operation Lost Souls” children recovered in Midland and Odessa
Homeland Security Investigations El Paso found 40 of 70 children during "Operation Lost Souls"...
Homeland Security Investigations El Paso found 40 of 70 children during "Operation Lost Souls" in the Midland and Odessa areas.(Source: DHS)
Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 2:38 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KCBD) - Forty of the 70 children recovered in an operation by Homeland Security Investigations El Paso have been recovered in the Midland-Odessa area. The children recovered during “Operation Lost Souls” included victims of sex trafficking, sexual abuse and physical abuse.

The youngest child recovered in the Midland-Odessa area was 13 years old.

The remaining 30 children were scattered throughout other areas, including El Paso, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Colorado and Ciudad, Mexico. The children were between the ages of 10 and 17. Many were reportedly runaways.

You can read more on the three-week operation and the agencies involved here.

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

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