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In Dunwoody, police conducted an operation on May 22 in which they made 13 arrests. The majority of arrests were on prostitution charges, but the two people who brought two 17-year-old girls to the location were arrested for alleged pimping and human trafficking.
One of the girls was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and then turned over to the Division of Family and Children Services for return to Ohio; the other was released to a family member.
The more than 470 metro Atlanta children listed as runaway or missing at the operation’s onset “represent a large pool of potential victims of the commercial sex trade,” said Rowson. For instance, a 15-year-old female runaway from Tennessee was found in Sandy Springs on May 4, along with a 17-year-old who was released to her mother.
Rowan added that kids are at a greater risk of online enticement and exploitation “than ever before due” to advanced technology and the increased use of social media platforms.
The operation's goal was to "combat child exploitation and child sex trafficking and make our community safer for our children heading into the summer months," a press release said. It was conducted in May to "raise awareness and send an important message at a time the community's children are most vulnerable to becoming targets for exploitation."
Here are the results:
• 149 missing or exploited children ages 3-17 were identified and/or located
• 158 judicial actions — such as arrests, citations, indictments or sentencings
• 1,674 total law enforcement contacts — such as compliance checks, law enforcement operations or warrants
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