A Senate report released on Tuesday indicated that the Department of Health and Human Services placed over a dozen immigrant children in the custody of human traffickers after it did not conduct background checks on several caregivers.
Lawmakers said that several basic steps that the welfare agency should have taken were skipped like home visits.
According to the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee, the investigation began after at least six children were brought to Marion, Ohio from Guatemala with a promise of a new life but instead were forced to work on a local egg farm.
According to the report, it is unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children the welfare agency had placed over a two year period might have fallen victim to traffickers because they do keep track of these cases.
The committee did find an additional twenty eight cases involving children that had evidence or signs of trafficking.