said it used private ‘special operatives' teams to gather intelligence and present cases to law enforcement agencies. When pressed for more details, SCTNow could not point to a single case in the country where information lead to an arrest or prosecution.
The fundraising event in Kansas City raised more than $30,000. Despite telling 41 Action News that all the money would stay in the community, SCTNow could not name a local organization that would receive a portion of the donations.
When contacted by 41 Action News about doing a follow-up story this year, SCTNow said it would not be holding a fundraising walk in Kansas City.
"Last year, our efforts to identify child predators and bring awareness to the issue of child sex trafficking in Kansas City resulted in criticism of our organization by individuals from other groups. Their attacks were facilitated by the reports aired by KSHB," wrote executive director Greg Wark in an emailed statement.
"This year, we are enlisting supporters and raising money in communities that believe in us and our cause. We hope to return to Kansas City to do a walk in the future without having to defend ourselves for simply working tirelessly to help stop the scourge of child trafficking."