28 August 2020
REAL DARK NEWS — “The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you,” U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington said in a statement. “One missing child is worth thousands, in my mind, of fugitives that we go out and get.”
“Operation Not Forgotten” spanned 20 counties in northern and central Georgia and was a joint operation between the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Hunters and seven other agencies which took place over two weeks in August. The goal of that operation was the recovery of missing and exploited children.
“Operation Not Forgotten” resulted in the rescue of 26 children, the safe location of 13 children and the arrest of nine criminal associates. The ages of the children ranged between 3 and 17 years of age, and they had been missing anywhere from a couple of weeks to two years.
“These missing children were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions,” authorities said. “Other children were located at the request of law enforcement to ensure their well being.”