Nearly 40 missing or endangered children have been rescued by federal and state agents during a law enforcement operation in Georgia, authorities say.
The U.S. Marshals Service announced Aug. 27 that 13 missing children were found and an additional 26 endangered children were rescued during the two-week operation centered on Atlanta and Macon.
The missing children were considered to be “some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases” and some were likely victims of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, abuse and had medical or mental health conditions, authorities said.
Nine people were arrested on charges including sex trafficking, parental kidnapping and custodial interference, as well as other charges.
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