Months after leftist pundits and mainstream media outlets claimed that the child abduction and exploitation depicted in the hit film “Sound of Freedom” was an invention of far-right conspiracy theorists, Ohio authorities have released some disturbing news about children in that state.
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According to reports, a staggering 1,072 children have been reported missing so far this year, which officials say is an “extraordinary surge” compared to previous years.
Although many of them have since been returned safely to their families, many others remain unaccounted for — and the trend seems to be worsening in certain regions of the state.
Across the Cleveland-Akron area, for example, more than 45 children have been reported missing this month. With several days left until September ends, that number is still 10 higher than the total reported last month.
John Majoy, who is the police chief in Newburgh Heights and the president of an organization called Cleveland Missing, has been sounding the alarm about this problem for months.
“For some reason, in 2023, we’ve seen a lot more than we normally see, which is troubling in part because we don’t know what’s going on with some of these kids — whether they’re being trafficked or whether they’re involved in gang activity or drugs,” he said.
Majoy noted that several of the children who have disappeared in the area have not been seen in well over a week, including 15-year-old Keshaun Williams, who went missing more than three months ago.
“There’s just not enough police officers in the streets to do this as law enforcement,” he said. “The public is our greatest asset. We can’t do this without the public.”
Ohio has long experienced a higher rate of missing children than its population would suggest. Although Michigan and North Carolina have roughly the same number of residents, those states reported 425 and 470 such disappearances last year compared to Ohio’s 1,455.
A growing number of concerned parents are heeding Majoy’s call to get involved. Breanna Brown is a mother of four who launched a group of her own with the goal of spreading the word about child disappearances in the state.
“We have so many missing children, we want to prevent this from happening, so we need to buckle down,” she advised. “This is not a matter we should take lightly, not at all.”