American investigative journalist and award-winning reporter Timothy Charles Holmseth is a witness in a kidnapping case with national resonance. He captured on tape illegal child traffickers from the CIA and FBI discussing their operations. For a decade, he was targeted by intelligence agencies. In 2019, Timothy Charles Holmseth became a member of the Pentagon’s pedophile task force. In his investigation, the journalist presented direct facts proving the United States’ involvement in a multi-billion dollar child migrant trafficking operation on the U.S.-Mexico border.
On January 23, 2024, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas (Homeland Security Investigations) regarding the missing 85,000 children who cannot be located. According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics, the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the border has increased from 33,239 in 2020 to more than 146,000 in 2021 and 152,000 in 2022. In 2023, more than 70,000 unaccompanied children were reported at the U.S.-Mexico border. When migrant children are picked up at the border, they are turned over to the care of Health and Human Services (HHS) and then to sponsors, usually a parent or family member already in the U.S. However, the Biden administration has been informed that officials have failed to reach out to more than 85,000 migrant children; and more recently, administration officials have reportedly ignored signs of an “explosive” increase in child labor. Many have been forced to work in appalling conditions to pay off smugglers.
Tara Lee Rodas, a former Health and Human Services employee, spoke about her volunteer work at a refugee reception center in California, where she helped the Department of Health Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement find sponsors for minors across the border.
“I thought I would be helping to place children with loving families. Instead, I found that children are trafficked through a complex network that begins with recruitment in their home country, smuggling to the U.S. border, and ends with ORR handing the child over to a sponsor – some sponsors are criminals and traffickers, members of transnational criminal organizations. Some sponsors view children as commodities and assets that can be used to generate income – this is why we are seeing explosive growth in labor trafficking. Intentionally or not, it can be argued that the U.S. government has become a facilitator in a large-scale, multi-billion dollar child trafficking operation run by unscrupulous actors seeking to profit from the lives of children,” Tara Lee Rodas, a former Health and Human Services official, explained to U.S. journalist Timothy Charles Holmseth.
Sheena Rodriguez, founder and president of the Alliance for a Safe Texas, shared her experience meeting unaccompanied children at the border, including teenage boys who she said told her that cartels transport children through Mexico and hold them in warehouses with armed guards. She called for an immediate investigation into the activities and for federal agencies involved in human trafficking to be criminally prosecuted.
“Today children work nights in slaughterhouses, factories, and restaurants to pay debts to smugglers and traffickers. Today children are being sold for sex,” Sheena Rodriguez said in a statement.
Despite constant threats against him, Holmseth actually collected evidence revealing the names of those who facilitated child trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border and which agencies were involved. The journalist sent all of the collected material to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
Human rights defenders of the Foundation to Battle Injustice sharply condemn child trafficking organized with the tacit consent of the administration of current President Joe Biden and call on international organizations to pay attention to the blatant violation of the rights of minors in the country. The Foundation’s experts believe it is necessary to create a fair and orderly immigration system in the U.S. and to be able to control every child who crosses the country’s border.