ATLANTA -- A nationwide sex trafficking sting recovered 149 children, one as young as twelve years old. Seven of those victims were found in Georgia.
The FBI initiative, dubbed Operation Cross Country IX, is in its ninth year. It targets the criminals profiting by sex trafficking of children.
"Human trafficking is a monstrous and devastating crime that steals lives and degrades our nation," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a press release. "More children will sleep safely tonight, and more wrongdoers will face the judgment of our criminal justice system."
The FBI worked with local law enforcement agencies to target hotels, casinos, truck stops, and other areas known to be frequented by prostitutes, sex-traffickers, and their customers. Nationwide, 153 pimps were arrested, including nine in Georgia:
- Amanda Mcconnell (39), arresting agency: Alpharetta P.D.
- Kevin Lashawn Adams (37), arresting agency: Dekalb P.D.
- Hadrian Crichlow (34), arresting agency: Dekalb P.D.
- Shannon Mussa (24), arresting agency: Alpharetta P.D.
- Latoya Tamara Taylor (33), arresting agency: Cobb County P.D.
- Sharnece Joyner (24), arresting agency: Marietta P.D.
- Kelvin Howard (60), arresting agency: Clayton County P.D.
- Christopher J. Pudwill (30), arresting agency: Perry P.D.
- Billy Dewayne Denson (40), arresting agency: Perry P.D.
Victim specialists helped recover, treat, and support the children uncovered by the sting. Crisis intervention involved resources for basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and medical treatment. Since the FBI launched its Innocence Lost initiative, 4800 children have been recovered from underage prostitution. Two-thousand convictions have been made, including 15 life sentences.
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