Ex-Navy SEALs Rescue Children From Sex Trafficking In San Diego (HBO)

Ex-Navy SEALs Rescue Children From Sex Trafficking In San Diego (HBO)


Human sex trafficking is the fastest
growing business in organized crime, and police departments across the country
haven’t been able to keep up. Many sex trafficking victims start out as runaways, but the police don’t prioritize their cases— because most runaways eventually come home. And when they don’t, there isn’t much that officers can do, unless the child had been seen being kidnapped. With the police on the sidelines, very few people are left to take up the search. But in San Diego, which has one of the highest
sex trafficking rates in the country, a group of rogue volunteers is
hunting for the missing on their own. — You’re only about 20, 30 minutes away. Look for my Hummer when you get
in the Starbucks parking lot. — Joseph Travers runs Saved in America, a nonprofit network of 28 former
Navy Seals and police officers who now volunteer their time rescuing
missing children at risk of sex trafficking. Many of them have asked that
we protect their identities— they do this in addition to their day jobs. — Rick is undercover, out in front of the house. So as soon as you guys are set up, if you see the girls run, go ahead and snatch her up,
we’ve got a power of attorney. And then we’re gonna call the PD,
and they have the police report. It’s gang infested and they’ve got lookouts everywhere. — Today, they’re helping the local police
retrieve a 14-year-old girl named Lily. — Can you see the girl outside? — When Lily went missing, she was initially classified as a runaway. It’s been almost a month without any
active police investigation into her absence. — When someone comes to Saved in America, what stage are they at? — Mostly, the parents are in a panic stage, and they’re waiting for something to happen. So now the family is at a standstill. They have to go find their child on their own, and most people don’t know how to do that. So we fill that gap. — Joseph’s team uses social media,
research, and undercover techniques to find children’s whereabouts. — So we’re talking to the informant, and she’s with him. Why don’t we call the cops? — As soon as they have a location, they work with parents and police
to have the child picked up. — Can you come talk to the sergeant? — Lily’s mother Ruth has come along for the search. — Hi, sergeant. How’re you doing? Joseph Travers, how are you? This is mom, Ruth. Her daughter’s inside, there. The 14-year-old. So our guys got a positive ID on her, in the front yard, and then she went back in the house. — We are not going to be able to force entry on
a runaway juvenile, just telling you that right now. — Even one who’s… trafficked? — Unfortunately, there’s allegations of trafficking, but has there been crime cases taken? Has she come forward as a victim? If that hasn’t happened yet— and even if there was, that still isn’t to a position where we’re
gonna be allowed to kick a door down and go look for somebody that’s not… of course that’s not within the law. We cannot do that. — The police say they don’t have enough
probable cause to enter the home by force. Once they surround the house, a Saved in America volunteer spots Lily in the backyard and was able to reunite her with her mom. Lily asked that we conceal her identity. — Man, you guys, good job. — On January 30th, Ruth woke up to find Lily was missing. But the local police in her hometown
in Utah concluded that Lily had run away, and that there was nothing they could do, since Lily had left on her own. — I’m like, so, if she never runs across a cop, then you’re telling me she’s never going to be found? He goes, “Well, basically that’s kind-of how it is.” — How long did it take Saved in America to find Lily? — Two days. — Two months after Lily was retrieved, Ruth headed to the office of
Utah Congressman Chris Stewart, hoping that he could pressure law enforcement
to treat runaway cases more seriously. The congressman wasn’t sure where to start. — I basically was on my own. I said, “Why? Is my daughter not important?
Why isn’t anybody listening to me?” I’m not gonna wait around until
somebody comes and offers me help, I’m going to go out there and try
to find somebody that could help me. — Yeah. And if there’s something we could do to
stop this from happening to someone else, we wanna do that. Because not everyone’s gonna have a mom like you. I can tell you’re discouraged. I’m sorry. — I am, because I really want things to change. I don’t want anybody else… — But, I mean, don’t forget you got her. You got her back. — I don’t just want to be greedy and say, “I got my daughter, and that’s all that matters,” no. I want to try to help. — Why is it that when someone reports a runaway, it can be a long time before people act on their case? — Unless it’s an urgent situation, the police unfortunately— and I come out of that field— there’s just… they don’t have the resources. So if you have a missing child or runaway, when law enforcement looks at it, it looks just like, “Well, she just left because she
wanted to be with her boyfriend,” or whatever. So it doesn’t appear to be a high-priority situation. — Summer Stephan is San Diego County’s
Chief Deputy District Attorney and Chief of the Sex Crimes
and Human Trafficking Division: — The studies tell us that we have
about 5,000 victims of sex trafficking in San Diego County annually. We don’t encounter that many. We prosecute, between us and the federal government, about a hundred cases a year. But there are so many more victims. — Summer could not say how much funding
the sex trafficking task force receives. The San Diego Police Department
declined to participate in this story. — Do you see a private group like Saved America
as being part of the larger community of resources that can be pooled for something like this? Do they help or ever harm an investigation
that your team is already a part of? — They can be very helpful. Because victims sometimes don’t trust police, and a private investigator doesn’t
have the police powers. And so long as they abide by their
ethical duties of staying in their lane, and operating and providing information to police, then we welcome them. — We’re there for the parent as a resource. I think the greatest thing that could happen
is if Saved in America didn’t have to exist.

100 comments

  1. Those sex traffickers are wicked demons and the bottomless pit below hell is where they and child molesters and rapists belong.

  2. The people that are higher up in the government won't let the police do their job. because they're in on it. I mean politicians and they pay some of the police force. Don't get me wrong not all Police men are badd there's a lot of good ones. but they're not able to do their job. And there are shady once that get paid to cover the shit up. Think about if we got the best technology in the world satellites that can find a needle in a haystack. but we can't find one missing child I'm telling you it's an inside job.

  3. The left has so corrupted police forces across America that the only recourse people have is vigilantly groups like this. Child abduction is a big business in central and south America and it will grow and flourish here because we have let in so many illegals from south of our border to do what the please. If we don't take down the left with there sanctuary cities child abduction will grow a lot . and the left will tell you this is the new normal . New World Order Globalism how that working out for you.

  4. Dems, please stop the trump harassment and concentrate on important matters as these. Damn you Dems. waste so much time on tormenting my Prezz! Do your elected jobs, please.

  5. Police invade houses because of suspicion of drugs every day in USA.
    The child is truant from school.
    Wouldn't that be reason for police intervention?
    Seems the police are complicit in this?

  6. I can't believe all the morons on here blaming the police, the police follow the law set by congress and the local state govts. blame the law not the police. You dont want the police having the power to do whatever they want with no proof of a crime. It's meant to protect your freedom when they have limited power. If they have no proof of a crime, which in this case they didn't, she voluntarily left home. What do you expect them to do? She was of legal age to leave home, for those that think you have to be 18 I suggest you go read the law. In most states you can leave home at 16 by law. Some states its 14, and a few it's 13

  7. They can bust into a home on the allegation of marijuana possession, beat people, arrest them and send them to jail for years, but a kid goes missing and it's like "eh, no biggie"

  8. this is so disgusting but it's quite true 10 years in law enforcement how the judicial system closes its eyes or has a policy contrary to what the actual laws state they got their own discretion and they do or don't do what they want to do imagine if you could get the forces the good people together such as these men law enforcement and save these kids and a 10 adults before they got sold down the river you know what the problem is fix it it makes no sense this should be such a high priority no let's send illegal aliens all of the all of their living expenses housing expenses and getting raped makes no sense to me

  9. I'm 70 years old raising an orphanage I was abused sexually and physically it's really bad.. you have no idea! and that was then,, imagine now … ??

  10. this is sad being as it only came about because police dont give two shits about kids even when it could mean they are being sex trafficked

  11. Do not give cops the authority to knock down doors without warrants that only opens a sorta monkey claw effect. In this situation it would be good but then they have the ability to knock down everyone's door whenever they want. Be careful of the laws you ask for they will be abused.

  12. SEX TRAFFICKING IS THE REASON FOR ILLEGALS TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN ALONG. IDIOT LIBERALS GOT CAUGHT IN THEIR GAME.

  13. Hollywood is trying very hard to make sex an option for children. IE: as long as a minor is comfortable and wasnt threatened it will be ok to have sex with them. This is a direction the hollywood elite have been slowly moving this country towards for generations.

  14. These men are American heroes. Sex traffickers should be executed and anyone helping them. The feds need to support these guys .

  15. Apart from human-trafficking, there is a second crime, here; that these outstanding gentlemen are not on the payroll for the work they do. If cops don't have time for this shit, then pay someone who does have time for it!

  16. I hate how cops and ex cops will nwver just be real and honest and be like "the reason nothings ever done is cause its just very disorganized, people just dont care enough or take it seriously so it never gets done until something bad happens"…ppl would respect cops more if they stopped covering for eachother so very obviousoy

  17. Yes! Thank you gentlemen – for your past service and your current actions – special training is a wonderful gift – what a fine line we have to protect our innocent and preserve our privacy

  18. Sex trafficking is deplorable; even more so when minors are involved. However, we cannot equate consensual sex for money with sex trafficking. If the US didn’t focus so much on their senseless War on Drugs, perhaps more important issues like trafficking could be pursued. A great job by this nonprofit saving these children.

  19. Cops have more important things to do. You know, like overcrowding jails for shit like not being able to pay $300 for expired tags. And protecting the rights of criminals.

  20. I don’t care if she left on her own, she’s 14!!!! She’s a minor she doesn’t know what’s right for her. Disgusting

  21. Hey,joseph t. you want to help get kids back start with the san diego child protective agency,that ring of theifs needs to be broken up starting at the top with the jujges all the way down ,to be effective,cut off the head and the rest will be exposed…..

  22. Hey i don"t know if you read your comments, but i want to thank you from my heart for fighting for those who can"t…. God bless you

  23. she is 14!!! these police are incredible!? runaway or not she needs to be with her mom, I cannot believe these police, the Navy god bless them! god bless the mom!!

  24. IF WE ARE TO STOP SEX TRAFFICKING OR AT LEAST CUT IT IN HALF , TAKE DOWN ALL ADULT WEBSITES , STOP ALL UPLOADS , ALL UPLOADS, STOP ALLOWING THE MASS SPREAD AND PRODUCTION OF PORNOGRAPHY TO BE FREE OR PAID FOR , STOP FEEDING THE WINDOWS TO THE SOUL THIS WICKEDNESS THAT IS SPREADING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD LIKE A WILDFIRE, THIS DESTRUCTIVE UNHEALTHY FORM OF SEXUALITY IS NOT FREEDOM BUT SLAVERY AND IT DESTROYS
    FAMILIES AND SOCIETIES AND BREEDS PREDATORS PUMPING FANTASY IN THERE MINDS AND THEY BEGAN TO LOOK A OUR CHILDREN WHO APPEAR VULNERABLE TO THEM, THEY PREY ON THEM, WE NEED TO SET BOUNDARIES OUT OF LOVE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND LOVE THEM AND NOT BEAT THEM DOWN WITH WORDS, their SELF ESTEEM IS AT STAKE AND A PREDITOR WILL TRY TO FIND SOMEONE WHO LACKS A HEALTHY SELF – ESTEEM AND GIVE THEM A FALSE SENSE OF SELF WORTH AND SAY THINGS TO LIFT THEM UP AFTER THE PARENTS HAVE BEAT THEM DOWN , AND THAT'S HOW THEY WILL GAIN TRUST FROM THERE VICTIMS AND THEY WILL APPEAR ON THE SURFACE TO BE A HERO AND WHEN THEY GET THEM BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THERE SHEEP MASK COMES OFF AND THE WOLF GOES FOR THE KILL OF THE CHILDS SOUL AND INNOCENSE , DEMONS WORK BEST IN DARKNESS AND THEY ARE OPPORTUNIST , WE NEED TO END PORNOGRAPHY AND STOP FEEDING THE UNIVERSAL BEAST , THE BEST WAY TO BRING DARKNESS TO LIGHT IS TO EXPOSE . . . WE MUST BE A LIFELINE OF SUPPORT OUR CHILD CAN RUN TOO AND NOT FEEL SHE NEEDS TO RUN AWAY FROM, THE GREATEST WE CAN DO FOR OUR CHILDREN IS LOVE THEM AND PAY ATTENTION TO THEM . . . BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE STARTS PRETENDING THAT THEY WILL BE THERE FOR THEM, ALL THE WHILE THEIR MOTIVES ARE HIDDEN AT FIRST, THEY SEEK TO GAIN THE CONFIDENCE OF THEIR VICTIMS THEN THEY BETRAY IT AT ALL COST FOR SELFISH PERVERTED GAIN, THE PORN INDUSTRY IS A MONEYGRUBBING, NARCISTIC, NON-EMPATHETIC, LACKING MORALS, SPIRITUAL;LY SICK AND BANKRUPT, PRIDEFUL, SOUL-MURDERING PREDITORS, AND ANYONE WHO ALLOWS THE LEGALISATION OF SUCH MORAL DEPRAVITY THAT TAKES POSSESSION OF ITS VOYEURS AND EXHIBITIONISTS AND BEGINS TO OPERATE COVERTLY IN THE SUBCONSCIENCE TILL IT MANIFEST ITSELF AND WE AMERICANS HEAR YET ANOTHER HORRIFYING AMBER ALERT GO OFF ON OUR PHONES, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO WAKE UP AND GIVE THIS WORLD BACK TO GOD BEFORE ITS TOO LATE . . .

  25. It really sounds like the police in that city are in on the sex trafficking.. They didn't want to be interviewed, they didn't want to knock on the door.. A lot of police are part of this horrid act. Makes me sick.

  26. Those stupid children who run away from home, they bring too much sadness to their parents. This is God's choice to torture them. When they get miserable treatment, they either wake up or continue to be tortured.

  27. So… You are saying that there is allegations of sex trafficking in this house and the police cannot force entry 😡

  28. I hope all trafficker gets tortured, lock them in a basement, use them for chemical testing, put them in a tiny box, mental torture the traffickers for 10 years. Give them minimum food to survive and just torture them, make them live in fear for 10 years 24 hours in a dark concrete box and enslave them, put chains around their neck. If they don’t listen, you torture these molester traffickers.

    Kill all human traffickers! Use the same tactic and even worse treatment they use and use it back on the traffickers. Enslave them.

  29. I hope hell is a real place, idc about heaven, no one deserves heaven, only people deserves heaven is those that got abused and trafficked, all kids go to heaven.

    Hell is for eternal torture, fear and let those people who did them go down there forever.

  30. Who funds this they need all the help they can get maybe hook up with operational Underground Railroad who also do this kind of work

  31. Maybe Vice isn't giving us the entire picture behind the apparent incompetence of Law Enforcent on this issue, but it does enrage me that people pay taxes for the police to protect us and they can't do f**** s** about this while civilians can. Seriously what the f**

  32. The resources and funding for police is disgraceful, compared to where they could be if we had a Government that gave a shit!! Its amazing they get anything done at all. The laws and lack of resources almost seem purposeful to NOT succeed in justice.

  33. I understand the cop has to follow the law but he could have act like he heard something, or someone screaming for help.
    He knew what was going on.

  34. Knock knock
    Whos there
    Navy
    Navy who
    Navy seal mothafucka
    * opens fire with an m4 and kills all the pedos *

  35. Thank you Guys for taking your time out, knowledge ,experience on helping  families find their daughters and sons that have been taken or forced into sex slaves.  Thank you Thank you Thank you.. We need more people with your back round to help if the cops don't have enough people to do this.  Thank YOU!!!

  36. The second I have earned enough money from our business I WILL be not only providing on going funding for these men but I will actively seek out others who wish to do the same. As God is my witness!

  37. So disgusted with the police. It took the volunteers TWO DAYS!!! while the police threw their arms up the air. SMH

  38. See how fucked up the system is? I would've kicked the fucking door in myself! Law enforcement doesn't help!

  39. I would like to know how I could volunteer for this! It’s right up my alley with Marine Corps and over a decade as a Sheriffs Deputy. Hats off to these guys.

  40. i dont think the police department dont care. if some random guy can do much better than the professionals you trained, you know theres a problem

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