The Dunwoody Police Department recently held an undercover operation at a local hotel, resulting in 15 arrests and the rescue of a sex-trafficking victim, the agency announced this week.
The sting was in cooperation with the FBI's Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force and the DeKalb Anti-Trafficking and Exploitation. The hotel, whose name police asked to be withheld, agreed to let the authorities use it as the site of the Aug. 25 arrests.
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Three people were charged with pimping, 12 with prostitution, and the police reported saving the one adult victim of sex trafficking.
"The goal of operations such as these is to first and foremost rescue any children or young adults who are victims of sex trafficking," Dunwoody Chief Billy Grogan said in a news release. "We also want to remove those profiting from commercial sex trafficking by putting them in jail."
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