Cleveland has a serious problem... and there's part of me that worries this is the start of a new trend.
Nearly 30 children have gone missing in Cleveland in the first two weeks of May, in an "extraordinary" surge of disappearances in the area, officials said.
Cleveland police said 27 kids have been reported missing between May 2 and May 16, as Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy warns that the disappearances have reached unprecedented levels in 2023.
Most of the kids are reportedly between the ages of 12 and 17. Majoy said authorities do not know if the kids are being trafficked, caught up with gangs, or who knows what else.
We don't know what's going on with some of these kids...
Majoy said the majority of cases involved teens who had run away from home, but that they could have easily fallen prey to predators. In many cases, there are no photos of the children to aid the public... and that's if the public is even aware of the problem.
"It's a silent crime that happens right under our noses," he said.
"The problem is where are they? Where do they go? They can be in a drug house or farmed to prostitution."
As I said, I worry that this may soon become the norm in other cities.
FBI reports for missing kids increased from 337,195 entries in 2021 to 359,094 entries in 2022 and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reported a 16% increase in calls (110,153 total) to their own hotline in 2022 compared to 2021.
With the influx of undocumented children destined for cartel gangs and prostitution houses coming over the southern border, along with rampant drug, homelessness, and family issues, 30 missing kids in a Midwest city like Cleveland could become the norm for an average week, and that terrifies me.