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3 teens saved from potential sex trafficking

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Three teenagers may have been saved from potential human trafficking in Genesee County.

The teens were saved during a missing juvenile sweep by the Michigan State Police on May 25.

The sweep was a collaboration between the FBI and MSP to find missing and runaway kids. They recovered 21 kids during the sweep, MSP said.

Most of the kids were safe and their parents never reported back to police they were OK.

But three of the teens were recovered from suspected human trafficking situations, MSP Sgt. Jim Lang said.

"The things that we found with those three children made us believe they are a part of sex trafficking and we will be looking into these cases further," MSP Trooper Justin Clarke said.

He said police are not releasing details on the three who they believe were trafficked. He said one in five missing juveniles is believed to be a victim of sex trafficking.

"To be able to know that is out there and to be able to start the investigations is pretty big," Clake said.

He said the investigation will look to find other missing children forced into trafficking.

MSP Sgt. Sara Krebs said no arrests have been made.

"When I was coming up we didn't have all this what it is today," said James Thompson, Flint resident.

He said the world is a different place and it's not for the better.

"It's real scary. You hear about so many kids coming up missing," Thompson said.

He said he often talks with his grandchildren about predators and others up to no good.

"Always let your parents know where you're at," Thompson said.

As those investigations continue, Thompson said the fact sex trafficking is happening in Genesee County should be a call to people who see something to say something.

"People that see things that's not right, they should report it. No matter how little they think it is, it might come out to something big," Thompson said.

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