Eleven juveniles forced to work as prostitutes or in computer-based exploitation were rescued by federal agents Monday when the FBI arrested 71 people across Georgia as part of a national effort to bust child sex traffickers.
Those arrested face state charges that include pimping, criminal attempt child molestation/enticement of a minor, prostitution, and solicitation, reports WXIA TV.
Nationwide in 106 cities, 168 child victims were recovered and 281 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges as part of Operation Cross Country VIII.
In the last decade, the FBI has focused on fighting the growing problem of child prostitution. In Georgia, the problem of sex trafficking has become an important issue since metro Atlanta’s many conventions have also made it No. 1 in the country for the sex trade.
The author of a study of sex trafficking around the United States, conducted by Washington D.C.'s Urban Institute for the U.S. Justice Department, looked at the sex trade in eight major American cities.
"Atlanta went from $232 million to $290 million over that five year span," Meredith Dank, the lead author for the report, told WSB Radio in March. As a comparison, $290 million is more than the revenue generated by metro Atlanta's illegal drug and gun trade combined.
Atlanta's revenue also was far above any other city studied, with Miami second at $200 million. Denver's sex trade was worth $40 million, San Diego's $97 million and Dallas' $99 million.
The culprit? Dank says the many events and conventions in the Atlanta bring people to town with lots of time and money. Some escorts charge more than $1,000 per hour.
One pimp the researchers spoke with in Atlanta made, on average, about $33,000 a week, according to the WSB story.
The investigations that led to this week’s FBI task force arrests began 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, authorities said. 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.
To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 3,400 children from being exploited.
Those arrested during the FBI operation in Georgia were:
Bobby Oneal Negri, Jr., age 47, of Powder Springs, GA - Criminal Attempt Child Molestation/Enticement
Keith Brown, age 51, of Stone Mountain, GA – Criminal Attempt Child Molestation/Enticement
Johnathan Bradford, age 43, of Stone Mountain, GA – Criminal Attempt Child Molestation/Enticement
Timothy Kimball, age 28, of Beaufort, S.C. – Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes
Justin Turner, age 26, Rochester, N.Y. – Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes
Jerald Hammond, age 34, of Ridgeland, S.C. – Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes
Joseph Lee Dickerson, age 30, of Martinez, GA – Attempted Child Molestation
Alan Keith Lee, age 24, of Grovetown, GA – Attempted Child Molestation
Gary Lee Jump, Jr., age 28, of Dearing, GA – Attempted Child Molestation
Jammie Wade Coleman, age 34, of Centerville, GA- Online Enticement of a Minor
Andrew Novak, age 30, of Marietta, GA – Interstate Interference with Custody
Jonathan Lyons, age 24, of Decatur – Pimping
Darryl Carlisle, age 27, of Atlanta, GA – Pimping
Danny Lamar Wilcox, age 25, hometown unk.- Pimping
Byron Wilson, age 28, of Covington, GA – Keeping a Place of Prostitution
Natasha Hardy, age 22, of Decatur, GA – Contributing to Deprivation of a Minor
Antonio Bowman, age 29, of Hinesville, GA – Pimping
Karl Hudnall, age 48, of Riverdale, GA – Pimping
Altameese Nikkole Casen, age 30, of unknown – Pimping
Muhamad Vasser, age 28, of unknown - Pimping
Raymond Chapman, age 33, of unknown – Pimping
Branden Peterson, age 21, of St. Louis, MO – Keeping Place of Prostitution
Linda Raines, age 25, of Chattanooga, TN – Loitering
Tenisa Farmer, age 30, of Jasper, TN – Loitering
Regina Robinson, age 38, of unknown – Loitering for Sex
Cedarius Gilberts, age 21, of Fayetteville, GA – Solicitation
Britley Prather, age 21, of Manchester, GA – Solicitation
Nicole Bozeman, age 26, of Decatur, GA – Solicitation
Emmanuella Dubuche, age 24, of Atlanta, GA - Solicitation
Derrick Eugene Corporal, age 26, hometown unk. – Possession of Narcotics
Teronica Few, age 20, of unknown – Prostitution
Kara Brown, age 24, of unknown – Prostitution
Ronika Norwood, age 20, of unknown – Prostitution
Lakesha White, age 20, of unknown – Prostitution
Nakosha White, age 21, of unknown - Prostitution
Tarah Casandra Ellis, age 34, of Flowery Branch, GA – Prostitution
Kayla Knight, age 20, of Norcross, GA – Prostitution
Christin Randolph, age 18, of Chattanooga, TN – Prostitution
Brittany Wright, age 22, of Champaign, IL – Prostitution
Ashley Paden, age 24, of Marietta, GA – Prostitution
Alexis Seals, age 26, of Decatur, GA – Prostitution
Sheronna Phillips, age 26, of Marietta, GA – Prostitution
Monique Woods, age 21, of Atlanta, GA – Prostitution
Jennifer Lauren Smith, age 30, of Atlanta, GA – Prostitution
Felicia Clark, age 24, of Chattanooga, TN – Prostitution
Keira Hudson, age 23, of Decatur, GA – Prostitution
Jessica Smart, age 19, of unknown – Prostitution
Jamyah Adams, age 18, of St. Louis, MO – Prostitution
Joanna Thomas, age 29, of unknown – Prostitution
Shanna Williams, age 28, of Atlanta, GA – Prostitution
Shana Gutzmore, age 20, of unknown – Prostitution
Joy Martin, age 21, of Thomasville, GA – Prostitution
Aisha Nicole Greenlee, age 23, of Williamston, S.C.- Prostitution
Aleysa Brooks, age 20, of Riverdale, GA – Prostitution
Alexis Christian, age 18, of Covington, GA – Prostitution
Shidira Peterkin, age 19, of Athens, GA – Prostitution
Sharita Jackson, age 23, of Riverdale, GA – Prostitution
Brittany Moore, age 20, of Morrow, GA – Prostitution
Monique Long, age 27, of Forest Park, GA – Prostitution
T'ore Tigner, age 19, of Decatur, GA - Prostitution
Saneitra Jackson, age 18, of Decatur, GA – Prostitution
Akia Johnson, age 20 of Riverdale, GA - Prostitution
Lashaunda Collins, age 29, of Hinesville, GA – Prostitution
Diamond Gardener, age 23, of Akron, OH – Prostitution
Sarah Holland, age 29, of Tampa, FL – Prostitution
Robin Hudson, age 24, of Hinesville, GA – Prostitution
Ashley Cole, age 21, of Hinesville, GA – Prostitution
Bertenia Jo Dial-Brown, age 33, of Columbia, S.C.- Prostitution
Laura Marie Campbell, age 29, homeless - Prostitution
Alesha Lorraine Ericson, age 30, homeless – Prostitution
Jamine Lakeisha Salletette, age 23, of unknown – Outstanding warrant/Contempt of Court