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In an exposé released Nov. 9, journalists from Project Veritas revealed that a whistleblower from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity & Efficiency [CIGIE]  bore witness to unaccompanied illegal immigrant children being placed in the care of child traffickers.

A Veritas journalist reportedly spoke to an illegal immigrant female minor in an interview after a whistleblower tipped him off. She revealed that her sponsor had sexually abused her according to the Veritas report.

“An aunt [sponsored me], but she kicked me out of her house. She was pimping me and I didn’t like that. She would pimp me to men,” the child said.

“I just escaped one night. I told her [aunt], ‘I’m going to the laundromat.’ She [aunt] went to the laundromat and didn’t find me there. Later on, she called Immigration.”

Other children were seen in the video to have been placed in apartments with up to five men who were in no way related to them, many of whom were little boys no more than five or six.

The whistleblower, Tara Lee Rodas, brought her concerns to her higher-ups at the Department of Homeland Security where she was volunteering her time, she told reporters that they were dismissive.

“I said [to the command center executives], ‘We’re getting ready to send another child [to Austin, Texas],’ and they said, ‘Tara, I think you need to understand that we only get sued if we keep kids in care too long. We don’t get sued by traffickers. Are you clear? We don’t get sued by traffickers.’ So, that was the answer of the United States federal government. HHS did not want this information to get out,” Rodas said.

“They knew I had made protected disclosures and they retaliated against me as a whistleblower and had me kicked off the site so I could no longer research the cases,” she added.

Rodas’ description of the circumstances surrounding these ‘sponsorships’ of illegal unaccompanied migrant children was chilling. She described the scenario to Veritas founder James O’Keefe.

“The tax dollars of people who are listening are paying to put children in the hands of criminals,” Rodas told him.

Rodas explained, “Our sponsors typically are not citizens. They’re not permanent residents. They don’t have a legal presence,” she said.

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“The sponsor can hold up an ‘Order of Deportation’ to a [migrant] child and say, ‘This is your Order of Deportation. If you do not do what I say, when I say, I’m going to call ICE on you myself.’ We are paying to put children in the hands of criminals.”