(Meredith) -- Authorities in Ohio have arrested more than 170 people and recovered more than 100 human trafficking victims in one of the largest operations in the state's history.
Forty-five missing children were recovered by the U.S. Marshals (USMS) as part of an October operation called “Autumn Hope”. Officials at the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Force arrested 179 people, according to the press release.
“Operation Autumn Hope is the largest single HT operation in state history. Our goal: an Ohio where no human is bought or sold,” Ohio Attorney General David Yost said on Twitter.
Over the past five years, the U.S. Marshals have recovered missing children in 75% of the cases they received, according to the press release. Of those recovered, 72% were recovered within 7 days. Since 2005, the USMS has recovered more than 2,000 missing children.
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