Out of the 26 rescued children, 15 were already sex trafficking victims, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. All of the 39 children were between 3 and 17 years old.
Nine people have been arrested in the sex trafficking investigation that spanned for two weeks. The mission was named “Operation Not Forgotten.” 20 counties around Atlanta were searched by authorities looking for the missing children, WSB-TV reported.
The 26 endangered children were designated as being endangered based on several risk factors, the U.S. Marshals said.
Trayon Moore, Moradeyo Bandele, Zachary Bailey, and James Garcia were among those arrested and are facing child sex crimes charges. Other arrests include Trevonte Shareef and Sally Garcia who are facing obstructing child custody charges. A registered sex offender named Stanson Causey, along with Faye Smith has been arrested for violating their probation. Kirk Waters is charged with being a felon while possessing a firearm.
The U.S. Marshals were assisted by local authorities in Georgia for the two-week-long operation.
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