The FBI, local , state and federal law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, conducted Operation Cross Country VII, targeting child sex trafficking.
The three day raid targeted 76 cities across the country and led to the recovery of 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution. 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges. In Georgia, the Atlanta FBI office recovered 2 juveniles in metro Atlanta, and arrested 8 adults. The adults were arrested on state sexual exploitation for pimping related charges. 9 people were arrested on prostitution related charges and 2 arrests were made on exploitation/pimping related charges in Augusta/Richmond County.
Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 to address the growing problem of child prostitution. So far, the operation has recovered more than 2,700 children from the streets.