Operation Underground Railroad forges partnership with Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office to combat child exploitation

Published 11:00 am Friday, October 13, 2023

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Candice Sledge

FRANKLINTON, La. – The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO) is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a renowned non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and safeguarding children from the horrors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.

The partnership lays the foundation for a powerful collaboration between the WPSO and O.U.R., uniting their efforts in the relentless battle against child exploitation. Under this agreement, O.U.R. will extend its support, and provide essential tools, training, and cutting-edge technology to empower the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in its mission to combat human trafficking and protect children across the United States.

A pivotal aspect of this partnership is the strategic coordination with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. This coordination avoids duplicative efforts and fosters seamless cooperation in their collective mission to eliminate child exploitation. The WPSO will promptly inform the ICAC Commander in their state about O.U.R.’s contributions, thus facilitating efficient collaboration.

In alignment with O.U.R.’s unwavering commitment to transparency and accountability, the WPSO has committed to delivering regular reports, revealing the tangible impact of O.U.R.’s contributions. These reports will encompass vital information, including the number of individuals arrested and victims identified with the invaluable assistance provided by O.U.R. This transparency enables O.U.R. donors to witness firsthand how their contributions directly influence the fight against child exploitation.

In closing, this collaboration is a testament to O.U.R.’s steadfast dedication to shielding children from predators and supporting law enforcement agencies in this critical mission. O.U.R. commends the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office for its unwavering commitment to protecting children and eagerly anticipates a successful partnership in the ongoing fight against child exploitation.