Thirty-one human trafficking victims were rescued in an operation in Kansas City that also resulted in the arrest of 82 individuals.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the operation took place from June 17th through 26th in Kansas City, Independence, and Wichita, Kansas.
Of the 31 victims rescued, 17 were adults and 14 were missing children, the youngest being 4 years old.
The names of those arrested have not been released. Authorities say they will be facing trafficking-related charges including soliciting prostitution, commercial sex trafficking, sodomy, narcotics violations and sex offender registry violations.