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Senate probe faults U.S. government for migrant child abuse

Senate probe faults U.S. government for migrant child abuse

Migrant children in the government's care fell prey to human trafficking after the Health and Human Services Department failed to protect them, according to a bipartisan congressional investigation released Thursday.

The six-month inquiry found that the government, overwhelmed by the influx of tens of thousands of children crossing the border to flee violence in Central America, failed to conduct the most basic checks on the adults entrusted with caring for the children.

Many adult sponsors didn't undergo thorough background checks. Government officials didn't visit homes and in some cases, had no idea that adult sponsors had several unrelated children, a possible sign of...

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