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ATLANTA -- The FBI says 71 people across the state were arrested as part of a national effort to bust child sex traffickers.

A recent four-day sting called Operation Cross Country rescued 168 children from sex trafficking. VPC

According to a release, the FBI Atlanta Field Office, along with its Macon, Augusta, and Savannah Resident Agencies and their associated Child Exploitation Task Forces, participated in Operation Cross Country VIII.

In Georgia, 11 juveniles who were being victimized through prostitution or other computer based exploitation were rescued, and 71 people were arrested on various state charges to include pimping, criminal attempt child molestation/enticement of a minor, prostitution, and solicitation.

Nationwide in 106 cities, 168 child victims were recovered and 281 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: "The FBI's commitment and dedication toward the protection of our nation's children is clearly demonstrated in this latest national initiative and its primary objective of recovering juveniles being exploited and arresting those exploiting them. This is not an easy endeavor and the extensive participation and support from our various law enforcement partners is not only appreciated but is very much needed for these initiatives to be successful."

Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 3,400 children from being exploited.

Those Georgia police agencies included in Operation Cross Country VIII included: Marietta PD, Department of Juvenile Justice, Cobb County PD, Cobb County District Attorney's Office, Atlanta PD, Fulton County District Attorney's Office, Gwinnett PD, Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office , DeKalb County PD, DeKalb County District Attorney's Office, Hapeville PD, Clayton County PD, Clayton County Sheriff's Office, Clayton County District Attorney's Office, Clayton County Solicitor's Office, Sandy Springs PD, Smyrna PD, Alpharetta PD, U.S. Attorney's Office/Northern District of Georgia, Bibb County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Pooler PD, Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Hinesville PD, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Pardons and Parole, and the Georgia Department of Family and Children's Services.

Those arrested during this past week's operation 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

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