Michigan cops rescue 16-year-old girl locked in a barn, find six other kids in county sweep

A special task force of a Michigan sheriff’s office located seven missing kids Friday night, including a 16-year-old girl they found locked in a barn.

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said the team — known as GHOST, the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team — swept over the county looking for children reported by other agencies being “off the grid” or “lost in the cracks.”

Swanson said barn where the 16-year-old was found was surrounded by barbed wire and it appeared the girl was being trafficked. “The fear in her eyes was real,” he said, according to the Flint Journal.

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The sheriff said the team also arrested 17 people caught up in sting operations in which law enforcement officers posed as teenagers on social media. They set up meetings with the people, who were arrested when they arrived.

One of those arrested was a firefighter who had previously been a police officer at several agencies. Swanson didn’t name him but said he’d been charged with three felonies.

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