When natural disasters hit impoverished areas, it creates a perfect target for human traffickers to take advantage of vulnerable children.
That’s why Operation Underground Railroad, an organization made up of former CIA Navy Seals and Special Ops agents, is so valuable in these times of crisis.
“We have one girl right now that was affected by the recent hurricane in the Dominican Republic, and she is currently missing,” said Jessica Mass, Director of Aftercare for Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.).
Mass says these natural disasters are a hunting ground for human traffickers.
“What happens afterwards is that you have thousands of children that are on the streets, and they’re looking for someone to keep them safe,” Mass said.