Nearly 40 missing children rescued during Georgia sex trafficking bust
August 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
For two weeks, U.S.Marshals Fugitive Hunters and other agencies scoured north and middle Georgia looking for missing and exploited children. In all, 26 endangered children were recovered and another 13 were found.
ATLANTA — More than three dozen children are now safe after being rescued during a sex trafficking bust involving state and federal agents.
For two weeks, U. S. Marshals Fugitive Hunters and other agencies scoured north and middle Georgia looking for missing and exploited children.
U. S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington said that authorities fear the children were all already or potential victims of sex trafficking.
“These missing children were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions,” authorities said.
“Other children were located at the request of law enforcement to ensure their wellbeing. ” The operation spanned across 20 Georgia counties.
Sources said children were found in Gwinnett, Fulton, Clayton, and Forsyth counties among other places.
“One missing child is worth thousands, in my mind, of fugitives that we go out and get,” Washington said.
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said authorities will measure their success on “how many lives that we have saved and that will have a new and fresh start. ” Other major cities across the country have similar operations underway.
. @GAFirstLady and I applaud the work of law enforcement in “Operation Not Forgotten. ” We’ll continue to work around the clock to bring an end to human trafficking and ensure the perpetrators of this evil industry know they have no place in our state.
Kemp (@GovKemp) August 27, 2020 The people arrested include: Moradeyo Amos Bandele – Arrested in Port St Lucie, FL – Warrant for Rape out of Conyers, GA Trayon Moore – Dekalb County – Sex Trafficking and Probation Violation warrants James Garcia - Arrested at a Motel in Clearwater, Fl - Warrants out of Whitfield County, GA - Aggravated Child Molestation, Aggravated Sodomy and Incest with a Minor Faye Smith – Arrested at a motel in Clearwater, Fl – Warrant for Probation Violation Sally Garcia – Arrested at a motel in Clearwater, Fl – Interference with Child Custody Zachary Bailey Arrested in Columbus, GA – Human trafficking, Enticing of a Minor for Indecent Purposes, and Enticement of a Minor for Solicitation Stanson Causey – Arrested in Jasper, GA – Registered Sex Offender arrested for Probation Violation Kirk Waters – Arrested in Newton County, GA – Felon in Possession of a Firearm Trevonte Shareef – Arrested in Newton County, GA – Interference with custody and obstruction 8 men arrested during undercover sex trafficking sting © 2020 Cox Media Group