During the 2-week operation, the U.S. Marshals rescued nearly 40 children in Georgia

The U.S. Marshals Force announced on Thursday that as part of a two-week mission, nearly 40 missing children were found in Georgia. Law enforcement agencies say that many of these children are at risk of dangerous sex trafficking, abuse, and exploitation.

During the operation, 26 children were rescued and 13 others were in a safe state, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, and other state and local agencies. The children are between 3 and 17 years old.

According to the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) subsidiary WSB:

Children have been found in 20 counties near downtown Atlanta, including Gwinnett, Fulton, Clayton and Forsyth counties. More: Thousands of parades will march in the “Keep Knees Away from Our Neck” protest

US Marshals Commissioner Donald Washington said at a press conference on Thursday that a similar operation in Cleveland has so far recovered 15 children and resulted in the arrest of two people. New Orleans has just started another operation to find missing children, called the “Summer Rescue Operation.”

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Washington said Thursday:

“The work done by law enforcement agencies is nothing more meaningful than saving children. Our children are not sold or forgotten.”

According to NCMEC data, more than 421,000 missing child reports were sent to the FBI in 2019.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp praised the operation in a tweet on Thursday, stating that the state will “work around the clock to stop human trafficking and ensure that the perpetrators of this evil industry know they have nothing in our state. status.”

According to Georgia Attorney General Chris:

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said his office has helped place these victims in rehabilitation centers. He said at a press conference on Thursday: “Sex trafficking can be a hidden crime in many ways, living in the shadows.” “I always return to the fact that if we can save a child from a life of abuse or sex trafficking, then we have completed our work. This action has helped many children.”

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