Fri., July 1, 2011 3:21pm (EDT)

GBI Expands Efforts To Protect Children
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Staring today the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is devoting more manpower to cases involving children.The GBI’s Human Trafficking Unit is up and running.

Five full time agents are part of the unit. It grew out of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force after agents discovered many children were being sold for sex in Georgia. It’s funded by the state and U.S. Department of Justice.

GBI Agent John Whitaker says kids are transported from Atlanta to places like Albany, Columbus, Macon and Savannah via Georgia’s vast interstate system.

"Those apparently according to the information we’re hearing appear to be part of the supply pipeline that’s used to move these girls around from location to location.”

Whitaker says most predators make contact with pimps via the internet. Georgia is one of the top five states for child trafficking.