ATLANTA, GA — A sex trafficking sting in metro Atlanta has resulted in dozens of arrests and the rescue of nearly 160 children, the FBI announced this week.
Operation Safe Summer was a collaborative effort between the FBI’s Atlanta field office and 38 law enforcement agencies in six metro counties, according to WSB-TV. Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matt Alcoke told the news channel:
“They are crimes of special concern to the FBI and to law enforcement generally. Because the victims are so vulnerable as children and because the offenders could be from just about any walk of life, from a gang member all the way up to someone who is highly successful and wealthy.”
Nearly 150 arrests, convictions or sentences, were made as a result of the sting, officials said.
Alcoke said the operation was scheduled before the summer months due to the fact that a large number of children are traditionally targeted during that time, stating.
“It’s important for those of us who are responsible for the children, the parents, the guardians, the older siblings, to not let children fall away (from) those strongly centered circles of importance.”
Among the pimps and prostitutes arrested was convicted sex offender Trevey Parks, who police say forced a juvenile to work in the sex trade for him.