QAnon followers trawling southern border for migrant children: report
- Followers of the QAnon movement have set up camp in Arizona, according to The New York Times.
- QAnon adherents scour the border for migrant children crossing into the United States.
- The group believe the children are being sex trafficked by a satanic cabal of pedophiles.
A new report from The New York Times has revealed how QAnon adherents scour the southern border to find and intercept children crossing into the United States.
The Times visited some supporters of the QAnon movement who were camping near Arizona and operating as a vigilant border patrol force. QAnon adherents believe in a conspiracy theory that claims former President Donald Trump is battling a satanic cabal of pedophiles.
According to the Times, the group was seen intercepting a group of 15 migrant children from Guatemala, who were then driven to a campsite where they received food. There, a man named Jason Frank gave them “Let’s Go Brandon” shirts bearing images of President Joe Biden, after which the children were rounded up and made to pose for a group photo.
According to The Times, Frank’s group believe the children are being sex trafficked across the border and have formed an armed organization to intercept them as soon as they enter America.
“They’re trafficked, sex trafficked. It’s the No. 1 business,” Frank, 44, told The Times. “The money is where it is now.”
The Times reported that Frank, a minor influencer in QAnon circles, has been at the border since April in a borrowed motorhome, in which he stores a treasure trove of firearms. Frank and his group seek out children struggling to get through gaps in the border wall, lure them to them with food, then broadcast their arrival on Facebook.
At press time, Frank’s Facebook page had been deactivated.
The Times also spoke to Mia Bloom, an extremism expert, who said the children were being used as a “prop” for the group to spread its message. “They instrumentalize children for internal propaganda and to advance their political agenda,” Bloom told the outlet.
Frank’s claims about the border and child sex trafficking seem unsupported by evidence.
“We haven’t heard of any migrant children being brought in to be sex workers or slaves,” Stacey Sutherland, head of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network, told The Times.. “At the border, it’s mostly people who paid to be smuggled.”
Margo Cowan, public defender for Pima County in Arizona, told The Times that she found the group’s actions “extremely dangerous.” Meanwhile, Chris Nanos, the Pima County Sheriff, called the ‘QAnon guys’ patrolling the border a ‘crazy job’ but said it was up to the US Customs and Protection Agency. borders to take care of it.
CBP did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.