“Operation Not Forgotten” resulted in the rescue of 26 children, the safe location of 13 children and the arrest of nine criminal associates: https://t.co/a3MeJSfbvk
— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) August 27, 2020
U.S. Marshals announced Thursday that a two-week operation has located 39 missing children in the state of Georgia.
“Operation Not Forgotten” allowed authorities to rescue 26 children, while locating, and ensuring the safety and welfare, of 13 others.
Nine people have been arrested, according to the U.S. Marshals Service, which noted that several other entities were also involved.
“These missing children were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions,” a press release explained. “Other children were located at the request of law enforcement to ensure their wellbeing. USMS investigators were able to confirm each child’s location in person and assure their safety and welfare.”
“The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you,” Director of the Marshals Service Donald Washington said in a statement.