Child exploitation and prostitution – arrests in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say more than 20 people have been arrested on charges related to child exploitation and prostitution in an operation designed to coincide with Atlanta hosting the NCAA Final Four.
FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett says a busy weekend in Atlanta increased probability of child prostitution and recovery of victims associated with it. The FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force and eight local and state agencies worked together between April 4 and April 8 in Operation Intentional Foul. Emmett says 21 people were arrested.
Authorities say 23-year-old Brianne Marcelin, Lovell Barnett and Kourtes Laster-Johnson, both 18, and 29-year-old Bryan Bailey were arrested along with 17 others. It is unclear if the four who have been identified have attorneys.
Emmett says authorities recovered seven juvenile victims.