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Marshall students fight human trafficking

By GINNY BLAKE

The Parthenon

Marshall University’s Open Source Intelligence Exchange Program have assisted Operation Underground Railroad in the liberation of almost 40 child trafficking victims and the arrest of 10 suspected traffickers in Latin America.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Students in Marshall University’s Open Source Intelligence Exchange Program, OSIX for short, have assisted Operation Underground Railroad in the liberation of almost 40 child trafficking victims and the arrest of 10 suspected traffickers in Latin America since fall semester.

According to Operation Underground Railroad, O.U.R. operatives are using the intelligence provided by Marshall students to work undercover investigations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. OSIX uses selected and vetted students to help provide this intel. Junior criminal justice major and team leader Emily Hudson said she is beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the team.

“I was a sophomore at Marshall, still trying to get involved and figure out what path to take my future career in,” Hudson said. “At this point in school, I was joining any criminal justice related club just to meet new people that shared my same interests in the justice system.”

After receiving an email from the criminal justice department about OSIX, Emily said she applied on a whim not knowing exactly what the program was fully about.

“A couple weeks later, I received an email on my acceptance into the program, and I have been passionate about putting my time and effort into this program ever since,” Hudson said.

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