In a mission launched by the United States Marshals Service dubbed “Operation Not Forgotten,” thirty-nine missing children were located across Georgia.
Twenty-six children were rescued, and thirteen others were safely located. Marshals partnered with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children in the rescue mission.
The agency released a statement on the success of the operation.
“These missing children were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions.”
“Other children were located at the request of law enforcement to ensure their wellbeing. USMS investigators were able to confirm each child’s location in person and assure their safety and welfare.”
In conjunction with the rescued children, nine criminals associates were arrested. Charges such as sex trafficking, parental kidnapping and registered sex offender violations were issued.