A group of veterans who scour places looking for homeless veterans might be, as part of their mission to help get them off the street, discovered what appears to be a an encampment that appears to be a holding areas for children sold as sex slaves.
Searching bridges and washes to find and aid homeless, Veterans on Patrol stumbled upon an encampment in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, but it wasn’t a typical homeless camp.
In the middle of the Arizona desert, they found trees with restraints on them at the site, children’s clothing a baby crib and stroller, an outdoor bathroom, pornographic material, hair dye and a five feet tall underground cave that had dresser and crates. The cave the was not big enough for an adult, but a child could easily fit inside.
“The solar lights are what gave it away. If we hadn’t been walking on the right trail we would have never seen it, we would have walked right past it,” one of the veterans, Lewis Arthur, told Arizona local affiliate KOLD. “And we are right there and our city is right there, our children are right there and it’s not my problem if it’s not in my backyard. Now it’s in our backyard.”
After finding the encampment, the a homeless advocacy group notified Veterans For Children Rescue, “a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist law enforcement and Non-Governmental Organizations to eliminate Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking,” according to the organization’s website.
“I didn’t expect to see something this heinous and inhumane this close,” Craig Sawyer, founder of Veterans For Children, said . “I served in the military to keep things like this from happening here that’s why I risked my security, so nobody here would have to put up with this.”
Sawyer, a Marine sniper and a member of the elite Navy SEAL Team Six, founded Veterans 4 Child Rescue Foundation in 2017 and has since dedicated his life to raising awareness about child sex slavery, rescuing victims and putting child sex traffickers behind bars. He recruited an elite force with world class skill sets — former FBI, CIA, Delta Force and Seal Team 6 — to extract victims and thin the herd of sex traffickers and works with police departments to run covert operations across the country.
They did not find anyone at the site, Sawyer told KOLD, but it looked like someone had been there about 10 days earlier.
Sawyer told KOLD that as part of his research into the problem of child sex trafficking, he’s “heard of rooms full of kids in houses and basements and things like that, but nothing underground like this.”
“An underground cell, that’s pretty creepy,” Sawyer said. “In fact there’s another one nearby that they found that they are already digging with fresh tools and fresh dirt.”
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