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An undated clip from a website called Israeli News Live recounts a supposed "child sex trade busted" in San Francisco Bay as the web show’s host shares "an amazing story from a minister friend."
The upshot: According to the host, the U.S. Navy SEALs rescued 807 children from a barge off the California coast where they were being held captive as sex slaves.
An Instagram post sharing the clip included the text: "Sex slave ship found they rescued eight hundred seventeen children!"
This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
But the SEALs rescued neither 807 nor 817 child sex slaves. A Navy spokesperson told PolitiFact this claim is inaccurate. We also found no credible news sources or other stories to corroborate the allegations in the video.
We rate this claim False.
Instagram post, Aug. 20, 2023
Israeli News Live videos, visited Aug. 24, 2023
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Real Raw News, Navy SEALs save children from child sex slavers, June 27, 2023
Email interview with Lt.j.g. Erin McCullagh, U.S. Navy Office of Information, Aug. 23, 2023
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