17 children recovered, 82 Arrested In Southern U.S. Child Sex Sting

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A firefighter. A business owner. A dishwasher. They were among 82 people arrested as part of a massive, multi-state child exploitation operation conducted across eight southeastern states, including Georgia.

Seventeen children were recovered in the operation, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

“It’s not uncommon at all for us to find children in the homes of people who are collecting and viewing child pornography and it’s not uncommon for them to be victims of that person,” said GBI Special Agent in Charge Debbie Garner.

The operation began four months ago and culminated in three days of investigative actions to include search warrant executions, undercover operations, arrests and sex offender compliance verification visits in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Continue Reading

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