FBI: 169 arrested in metro Atlanta Super Bowl sex trafficking sting, several children recovered


Author: Lauren Padgett, 5 ON YOUR SIDE

Nine children were recovered as part of the sting targeting metro Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII, the FBI announced.

ATLANTA — Several child sex-trafficking victims were recovered and 169 people were arrested during an 11-day operation targeting sex trafficking during Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

The arrests included 26 sex traffickers and 34 individuals attempting to engage in sexual acts with minors, according to the FBI Atlanta field office. Nine children were recovered from sex trafficking; the youngest was 14 years old. Nine human trafficking victims were also identified.

The operation was conducted by the Violent Crimes against Children/Human Trafficking Program and Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation (MATCH) Task Force, which included the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia, the GBI and Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice.

Local police agencies involved included Atlanta, Alpharetta, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Gwinnett County, Marietta and Smyrna police departments.

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This comes one day after the GBI announced that 21 men were arrested in DeKalb County for allegedly arranging to have sex with a child in an unrelated sex sting. The men range in age from 20 to 55 and work in a variety of fields, from rideshare drivers to grocery store clerks. Some were also arrested with illegal drugs.