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FBI: 71 arrested in GA as part of nat’l operation targeting commercial child sex trafficking

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ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) -

Over the past week, the FBI Atlanta Field Office, along with its Macon, Augusta, and Savannah Resident Agencies and their associated Child Exploitation Task Forces, conducted law enforcement operations in support of Operation Cross Country VIII to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States.

[SEE ALSO: 168 juveniles recovered in nationwide operation targeting commercial child sex trafficking]

The operation included enforcement actions in and around Atlanta, Macon, Augusta, and Savannah, Georgia and led to 11 recoveries of juveniles who were being victimized through prostitution or other computer based exploitation.

Additionally, 71 individuals were arrested on various state charges to include pimping, criminal attempt child molestation/enticement of a minor, prostitution, and solicitation.

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: "The FBI's commitment and dedication toward the protection of our nation's children is clearly demonstrated in this latest national initiative and its primary objective of recovering juveniles being exploited and arresting those exploiting them.  This is not an easy endeavor and the extensive participation and support from our various law enforcement partners is not only appreciated but is very much needed for these initiatives to be successful."

Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 3,400 children from being exploited. The investigations and subsequent 1,450 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 14 life terms.

These FBI led task force operations usually begin as local enforcement actions that target truck stops, casinos, street "tracks," and websites that advertise dating or escort services, based on intelligence gathered by officers working in their respective jurisdictions. Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further develop this evidence in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section so that prosecutors can help bring federal charges in those cities where child prostitution occurs.

The FBI Atlanta Office thanks its law enforcement partners participating in Operation Cross Country VIII and their ongoing enforcement efforts regarding child exploitation matters.  Those agencies include: Marietta PD, Department of Juvenile Justice, Cobb County PD, Cobb County District Attorney's Office, Atlanta PD, Fulton County District Attorney's Office, Gwinnett PD, Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office , Dekalb County PD,  Dekalb County District Attorney's Office, Hapeville PD, Clayton County PD, Clayton County Sheriff's Office, Clayton County District Attorney's Office, Clayton County Solicitor's Office, Sandy Springs PD, Smyrna PD, Alpharetta PD, U.S. Attorney's Office/Northern District of Georgia,  Bibb County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Pooler PD, Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Hinesville PD, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Pardons and Parole, and the Georgia Department of Family and Children's Services.

The FBI would also like to acknowledge and thank those non-government organizations (NGO) for their valuable contributions and assistance: Georgia Cares, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Rainbow House.

Those arrested during this past week's operation are as follows:

Georgia Arrests

Darryl Carlisle, age 27, of Atlanta, GA – Pimping

Emmanuella Dubuche, age 24, of Atlanta, GA - Solicitation

Jennifer Lauren Smith, age 30, of Atlanta, GA – Prostitution

Monique Woods, age 21, of Atlanta, GA – Prostitution

Shanna Williams, age 28, of Atlanta, GA – Prostitution

Shidira Peterkin, age 19, of Athens, GA – Prostitution

Jammie Wade Coleman, age 34, of Centerville, GA- Online Enticement of a Minor

Alexis Christian, age 18, of Covington, GA – Prostitution

Byron Wilson, age 28, of Covington, GA – Keeping a Place of Prostitution

Gary Lee Jump, Jr., age 28, of Dearing, GA – Attempted Child Molestation

Alexis Seals, age 26, of Decatur, GA – Prostitution

Jonathan Lyons, age 24, of Decatur  – Pimping

Keira Hudson, age 23, of Decatur, GA – Prostitution

Natasha Hardy, age 22, of Decatur, GA – Contributing to Deprivation of a Minor

Nicole Bozeman, age 26, of Decatur, GA – Solicitation

Saneitra Jackson, age 18, of Decatur, GA – Prostitution

T'ore Tigner, age 19, of Decatur, GA - Prostitution

Cedarius Gilberts, age 21, of Fayetteville, GA – Solicitation

Tarah Casandra Ellis, age 34, of Flowery Branch, GA – Prostitution

Monique Long, age 27, of Forest Park, GA – Prostitution

Alan Keith Lee, age 24, of Grovetown, GA – Attempted Child Molestation

Antonio Bowman, age 29, of Hinesville, GA – Pimping

Ashley Cole, age 21, of Hinesville, GA – Prostitution

Lashaunda Collins, age 29, of Hinesville, GA – Prostitution

Robin Hudson, age 24, of Hinesville, GA – Prostitution

Britley Prather, age 21, of Manchester, GA – Solicitation

Andrew Novak, age 30, of Marietta, GA – Interstate Interference with Custody

Ashley Paden, age 24, of Marietta, GA – Prostitution

Sheronna Phillips, age 26, of Marietta, GA – Prostitution

Joseph Lee Dickerson, age 30, of Martinez, GA – Attempted Child Molestation

Brittany Moore, age 20, of Morrow, GA – Prostitution

Kayla Knight, age 20, of Norcross, GA – Prostitution

Bobby Oneal Negri, Jr., age 47, of Powder Springs, GA - Criminal Attempt Child Molestation/Enticement

Akia Johnson, age 20 of Riverdale, GA - Prostitution

Aleysa Brooks, age 20, of Riverdale, GA – Prostitution

Karl Hudnall, age 48, of Riverdale, GA – Pimping

Sharita Jackson, age 23, of Riverdale, GA – Prostitution

Johnathan Bradford, age 43, of Stone Mountain, GA – Criminal Attempt Child Molestation/Enticement

Keith Brown, age 51, of Stone Mountain, GA – Criminal Attempt Child Molestation/Enticement

Joy Martin, age 21, of Thomasville, GA – Prostitution

Arrests made in other states

Sarah Holland, age 29, of Tampa, FL – Prostitution

Brittany Wright, age 22, of Champaign, IL – Prostitution

Branden Peterson, age 21, of St. Louis, MO – Keeping Place of Prostitution

Jamyah Adams, age 18, of St. Louis, MO – Prostitution

Justin Turner, age 26, Rochester, N.Y. – Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes

Diamond Gardener, age 23, of Akron, OH – Prostitution

Timothy Kimball, age 28, of Beaufort, S.C. – Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes

Bertenia Jo Dial-Brown, age 33, of Columbia, S.C.- Prostitution

Jerald Hammond, age 34, of Ridgeland, S.C. – Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes

Aisha Nicole Greenlee, age 23, of Williamston, S.C.- Prostitution

Linda Raines, age 25, of Chattanooga, TN – Loitering

Christin Randolph, age 18, of Chattanooga, TN – Prostitution

Felicia Clark, age 24, of Chattanooga, TN – Prostitution

Tenisa Farmer, age 30, of Jasper, TN – Loitering

Misc. Arrests

Alesha Lorraine Ericson, age 30, homeless – Prostitution

Altameese Nikkole Casen, age 30, of unknown – Pimping

Danny Lamar Wilcox, age 25, hometown unk.- Pimping

Derrick Eugene Corporal, age 26, hometown unk. – Possession of Narcotics

Jamine Lakeisha Salletette, age 23, of unknown – Outstanding warrant/Contempt of Court

Jessica Smart, age 19, of unknown – Prostitution

Joanna Thomas, age 29, of unknown – Prostitution

Kara Brown, age 24, of unknown – Prostitution

Lakesha White, age 20, of unknown – Prostitution

Laura Marie Campbell, age 29, homeless -  Prostitution

Muhamad Vasser, age 28, of unknown - Pimping

Nakosha White, age 21, of unknown - Prostitution

Raymond Chapman, age 33, of unknown – Pimping

Regina Robinson, age 38, of unknown – Loitering for Sex

Ronika Norwood, age 20, of unknown – Prostitution

Shana Gutzmore, age 20, of unknown – Prostitution

Teronica Few, age 20, of unknown – Prostitution

The public should be reminded that the above are merely allegations and that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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