Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta, Macon, Augusta and Savannah rounded up and arrested 71 Georgians in connection with the sex trafficking of a dozen children, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed.
Almost a dozen children being prostituted or exploited through the internet were recovered in the state of Georgia through last week’s Operation Cross Country VIII.
The arrests were part of the week-long national investigation on charges including pimping, attempted child molestation and prostitution. Nation-wide the FBI reports 168 children have been recovered and 281 alleged pimps arrested in over 100 cities.
The FBI offices in the aforementioned cities worked together through their Child Exploitation Task Forces as part of the operation which seeks to end child sex trafficking.
Operation Cross Country began in 2003 as part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, and to date officials have recovered almost 3,600 children and achieved more than 1,400 convictions on related charges, FBI statistics reveal.