HONOLULU (KHON2) — A joint operation between federal, state and local agencies recovered five missing and exploited children over the weekend.
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The operation, called Shine the Light, recovered one child who had been missing for more than 10 months and another who was in the middle of a drug overdose at the time of recovery. The ages of the children ranged from 16 to 17.
“This cooperative operation between Federal, State, and local agencies is a first of its kind in Hawai‘i and an incredibly important milestone in our efforts to combat the exploitation of our youth,” said Hawai‘i Attorney General Clare E. Connors. “We are committed to finding those who exploit, target and traffic children in our state, and I am grateful to our partners as well as proud of our dedicated public servants for their tireless fight.”
Investigations are ongoing, including: custodial interference, child endangerment, and trafficking.
Community members with concerns, can contact the Department of Human Services to report suspected child abuse or neglect: (808) 832-5300 or (toll free) 1-888-380-3088 and suspected child trafficking: (808) 832-1999 or (toll free) 1-888-398-1188.