The US Marshals have revealed an operation that has rescued 39 missing children, 26 of whom were in danger of being sexually trafficked by a criminal enterprise.
Operation Not Forgotten recovered the at-risk children from 20 counties across the state of Georgia, mostly around metro Atlanta. Director Donald Washington of the US Marshal’s Service said that the authorities fear some or all of the children were being held in the clutches of an organized sex trafficking operation.
Nine suspects have been arrested in suspicion of involvement in child and sex trafficking activity as a result of the operation. The US Marshals have named Moradeyo Bandele, Trayon Moore, James Garcia, Faye Smith, Sally Garcia, Zachary Bailey, Stanson Causey, Kirk Waters, and Trevonte Shareef as the arrestees brought into custody as a result of the operation.
Some of the individuals charged are facing counts of rape, human trafficking, gun crimes, and child molestation, and were already wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.
“We will never stop looking for you. That’s the message,” said Director Washington at a press conference summarizing the operation. “There is no more meaningful work that law enforcement does than rescuing children. Our children are not for sale and they are not ever forgotten.” A press release also recounts the accomplishments of the child trafficking bust, which may be one of the most significant in the United States in years if not decades.
The Marshal’s service is primarily tasked with apprehending fugitives, but it’s also tasked with combating human smuggling in the United States. Sadly, many Democrats and progressives continue to demonize local and federal law enforcement, ignoring the role the police play in preventing some of the most serious criminal conduct known to society.