U.S. Marshals and local authorities have rescued 39 children and arrested nine people in association with a trafficking ring in Georgia, the federal law enforcement agency.
The children were found as part of a two week mission dubbed "Operation Not Forgotten" in Atlanta and Macon.
“We recovered 26 missing and endangered children and we safely located an additional 13,” said Donald Washington, the director of the U.S. Marshals Service. The children ranged in age from 3 to 17. The operation also involved the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Georgia Attorney General and other state and local agencies. Read more
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Operation Safety net, 22 Children rescued in Ohio sting
Days after the U.S. Marshals Service announced the rescue of 39 endangered children in Georgia, similar operations are ongoing in two other states as authorities target missing kids who may be victims of sex trafficking.
In Ohio, "Operation Safety Net" led to the discovery of 25 children ages 13 to 18 in less than three weeks, the Marshals Service said. The operation is likely to continue into October, U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott said.
A two-week operation is underway near Indianapolis, Darby Kirby, chief of the Marshals' Missing Child Unit, told USA TODAY in an email Tuesday. read more
The truth behind child sex trafficking in Tenn.
TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) Some might be surprised to learn that the United States is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for human trafficking.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says like most organized criminal activity, child sex trafficking happens everywhere; including right here in the Tri-Cities region.
“It is a huge problem. It’s like any other violent crime. The thing is, this isn’t obvious all the time,” says Special Agent Jeremy Lofquest with TBI’s Human Trafficking Unit.
Trafficking of children is a sneaky crime. It often flies under the radar because traffickers are good at what they do.
“People think trafficking only happens in cities like Atlanta, Nashville, places with big airports and things like that,” says Gabi Smith. “I’d say it happens here just as much, it just looks a little bit different.” Read more