By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror
A Republican senator’s claim that the Arizona Department of Child Safety has “lost” more than 550 children, but data reported on a monthly basis by the child welfare agency shows the actual number of missing children to be far lower.
Sen. David Farnsworth, a Republican from Mesa, made headlines for claiming that many of those supposedly missing children are being sold as sex slaves in a global sex trafficking cabal.
Farnsworth claimed that he came to that conclusion after investigating how the agency “lost” 551 children last year, even though he admitted to another news outlet that he had discovered no evidence relating to where the children were or whether they were, indeed, being trafficked for sex.
Farnsworth would not speak with Arizona Mirror about his claims when contacted by phone.