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Republican member of Congress reportedly missing after rogue mission to rescue five Americans in Afghanistan


Reported by CARLOS GARCIA } August 31, 2021

Read more at https://www.theblaze.com/news/republican-rep-reportedly-missing-while-on-rogue-mission-to-evacuate-5-americans-from-afghanistan/

A Republican member of Congress is reportedly missing after saying he was trying to save five American citizens from Afghanistan, according to a report by the Washington Post.Don’t miss out on content from Dave Rubin free of big tech censorship. Listen to The Rubin Report now.

Officials told the Post that the whereabouts of Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma are unknown. The report said that Mullin, 44, became enraged on Monday when a U.S. ambassador refused his request to help move large amounts of money into Tajikistan for his mission to save an American mother and her four children. The ambassador told him the request would be illegal, which reportedly prompted Mullin to threaten the ambassador and his staff.

The Republican had ignored warnings from the State Department and the Pentagon to avoid travelling to Afghanistan. Mullin had said he was planning to hire a helicopter to help the 5 Americans escape the Taliban-controlled country. He was flying from Tblisi, Georgia, into the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe.

“To say this is extremely dangerous is a massive understatement,” said one unidentified official to the Post.

The Pentagon had previously denied Mullin’s request to travel to Afghanistan from Greece last week.

Many Americans were outraged when the U.S. military ended its evacuation mission in Afghanistan on Monday while abandoning between 100 to 200 Americans in the Taliban-controlled nation. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden pledged support for those Americans even as the administration was lambasted by critics for previously saying no Americans would be stranded.

“The bottom line, 90% of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave. And for those remaining Americans, there is no deadline! We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out!” shouted Biden during his address to the nation.

‘A massive success’: 47 rescued, 102 arrested in human trafficking investigation across 12 states


Reported By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter | Monday, August 30, 2021

Read more at https://www.christianpost.com/news/102-arrested-in-human-trafficking-investigation-across-12-states.html/

Eric Schmitt
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt gives remarks on Operation United Front, a joint state and federal anti-human trafficking operation, in a video uploaded to YouTube on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. | Screenshot: YouTube/Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

A major human trafficking law enforcement operation has resulted in the rescue of 47 people who were trafficked and the arrest of 102 individuals across 12 states. Two of the victims rescued are minors. 

Known as “Operation United Front,” the endeavor was led by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol and included the participation of law enforcers from the federal government and other states. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement released last Friday that his office’s anti-human trafficking task force is “a national leader for our efforts to investigate and eradicate human trafficking in Missouri.”

“Through that task force, we were able to engage law enforcement agencies and attorneys general from across the country to organize and lead Operation United Front, which was a massive success,” stated Schmitt.

“Operation United Front was an unprecedented human trafficking operation that brought together law enforcement agencies from different jurisdictions – something that rarely happens. When we all come together, we can affect change and more effectively fight human trafficking, a crime that is often multi-jurisdictional in nature.”

In addition to Missouri, Operation United Front also involved arrests and rescues in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. In South Dakota, nine individuals were arrested for alleged involvement in human trafficking while attending the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, according to a statement from the United States Department of Justice earlier this month.

Eight of the nine men arrested at Sturgis face charges of attempting to entice a minor using the internet. One is facing charges of attempted commercial sex trafficking of a minor.

If found guilty for attempted enticement of a minor via the Internet, the penalty can include 10 years to life in prison. If found guilty of attempted commercial sex trafficking of a minor, the penalty can include 15 years to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In recent years, there has been a concerted effort among states and the federal government to crackdown on human trafficking in the United States.

In March, Texas authorities arrested around 30 people attempting to buy sex and rescued a minor over the course of three days as part of “Operation Cupid.”

“Operation Cupid aimed to combat human trafficking in Fort Bend County by identifying and arresting those intending to buy sex,” stated Assistant District Attorney Craig Priesmeyer, according to the Fort Bend Herald.

“Commonly known as ‘johns,’ they create the demand for human trafficking and contribute to the pervasive problem the community faces from these crimes. We are focused on saving victims by following basic economics; removing the demand will reduce the supply.” 

In Arizona in February, police arrested 37 people charged with child sex crimes and human trafficking as part of the multi-agency “Operation Broken Hearts.”

In January, 33 missing children were rescued as part of “Operation Lost Angels” in California. The effort was led by the FBI in conjunction with over two dozen law enforcement and non-governmental partners. 

Last November, the Tallahassee Police Department in Florida announced that over 170 people were charged in a two-year investigation into a sex trafficking network in the state.

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