Four women were arrested on prostitution charges at a Conyers motel last week as part of a nationwide FBI operation targeting child exploitation in an effort to recover victims of the child sex trade industry.
Conyers police assisted during the undercover operation conducted at the La Quinta Inn on Dogwood Drive around 9 p.m. on Friday.
The four women arrested in Conyers were two 22-year-old women, a 21-year-old woman, and an 18-year-old woman, all of whom had Atlanta-area addresses.
The Atlanta Field Office FBI's Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force (MATCH) conducted the operations during the week of July 22. Their goal was to identify, locate, and recover child victims of sexual exploitation for profit, including child prostitution, and identify, locate, prosecute and/or disrupt individuals and/or criminal enterprises responsible for their sexual exploitation, according to information released by the FBI.
Eight pimps were arrested in Atlanta, and in Augusta an additional nine people were arrested on prostitution-related charges and two were arrested on pimping-related charges. Two juveniles were recovered in Atlanta as a result of the operation.
The local arrests are among a total of 150 arrests made nationwide last week as part of the FBI's operation, which also resulted in the recovery of 105 children involved in child prostitution rings across the country. The victims ranged in age from 13 to 17-years-old.
The 76-city sweep represented the largest law enforcement initiative focused on children forced into sexual slavery, federal authorities said.