Source | It has been reported that a Metro Atlanta sting was able to successfully rescue 160 children from an illegal human trafficking sex ring. Reports state that the youngest child rescued from the ring was just three years old.
A sting on the sex-trafficking trade in metro Atlanta netted dozens of arrests and the rescue of dozens of children forced into sexual servitude, the FBI announced this week.
Operation Safe Summer was a collaborative effort between the FBI’s Atlanta field office and 38 law enforcement agencies in six metro counties, assistant Special Agent in Charge Matt Alcoke told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik.
Alcoke stated, “They are crimes of special concern to the FBI and to law enforcement generally. Because the victims are so vulnerable as children and because the offenders could be from just about any walk of life, from a gang member all the way up to someone who is highly successful and wealthy.”
When all was said and done, the sting successfully saved the lives of 160 children. There were around 150 arrests involved. This includes convictions and sentences, according to officials on the case.
Alcoke explained that the sting had been scheduled previously. It was intended as a way to stop some of the pedophiles out there who take advantage of minors.
Take a look at the report below:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said they arrested 60 people and recovered four juveniles in Georgia as part of a nationwide underage human trafficking sting.
Nationwide, 84 minors were recovered and 120 traffickers were arrested as a part of Operation Cross County XI, which ran from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15.
“We at the FBI have no greater mission than to protect our nation’s children from harm. Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested—and the number of children recovered—reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “This operation isn’t just about taking traffickers off the street. It’s about making sure we offer help and a way out to these young victims who find themselves caught in a vicious cycle of abuse.”
It’s great to see more predators off the streets, but unfortunately this is just a dent in the growing illegal trade of human trafficking.