20 children recovered by US marshals in Atlanta, 16 suspected victims of sex trafficking

(Provided Photo/Georgia Attorney General's Office)

ATLANTA (WGCL) — A two-week multijurisdictional operation named “Operation Not Forgotten 2021” led to the recovery of 20 children in metro Atlanta area.

Sixteen of those children were suspected victims of sex trafficking.

Numerous federal, state and local agencies, including the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, partnered with the U.S. Marshals’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to recover the group of endangered missing children.

“I strongly believe this model is the most effective example of how we as an agency should be approaching this mission,” said U.S. Marshals Missing Child Unit Chief Darby Kirby in a news release. “Everyone who participated in the op played a vital role in recovering these children.”

Members of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the operation.


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