A massive multi-agency operation headed up by the FBI has led to the location or identification of nearly 150 missing or exploited children.

The FBI has announced the results of its Operation Safe Summer - a collaborative effort of 38 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to combat child sex trafficking and child exploitation heading into the summer months.

According to Murang Pak, acting special agent in charge of the FBI's Atlanta Field Office, the operation resulted in 149 missing or exploited children between the ages of 3 and 17 being identified or located, 158 judicial actions, including arrests, citations, indictments and sentencings, and 1,674 total law enforcement contacts, including compliance checks, law enforcement operations and warrants.

The operation was conducted during the month of May, near the beginning of the summer season in order to raise awareness and to send a message that children are the most vulnerable to being victimized.

The FBI took the time to thank its many law enforcement partners across metro Atlanta who helped to make Operation Safe Summer a success.

Agencies participating in Operation Safe Summer:

Federal

  • Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office

State

  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)
  • Georgia Department of Community Supervision
  • Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC)

County

  • Gwinnett County PD
  • DeKalb County PD
  • Cobb County PD
  • Clayton County PD
  • Cobb County Sheriff’s Office
  • DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gwinnett County Schools PD
  • Cobb County Schools PD
  • Fulton County Schools PD
  • Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office
  • DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office
  • Fulton County District Attorney’s Office
  • Cobb County District Attorney’s Office

Municipalities

  • Marietta PD
  • College Park PD
  • East Point PD
  • Brookhaven PD
  • Dunwoody PD
  • Atlanta PD
  • MARTA PD
  • Kennesaw PD
  • Alpharetta PD
  • Forest Park PD
  • Sandy Springs PD
  • Norcross PD
  • Johns Creek-Alpharetta-Forsyth County Drug Task Force (JCAF)

Non-Government Organizations

  • National Center for Missing Exploited Children
  • Georgia Cares
  • 4Sarah