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71 people arrested, 11 children recovered from prostitution sting in Georgia

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The FBI says agents and local police in the last week rescued 168 victims of child sex trafficking, including many who had never been reported missing.

In addition, 281 pimps were arrested as part of the same nationwide initiative, an annual enforcement push known as Operation Cross Country.

FBI Director James Comey told reporters Monday that the children who were rescued did not come from faraway lands but were instead "America's children."

This is the eighth such week-long operation. The FBI says nearly 3,600 children have so far been recovered from the streets.

Comey says one worrisome trend is the increasing prevalance of children being prostituted online. Authorities say 71 people were arrested and 11 juveniles were rescued from prostitution in Georgia as part of a national undercover child sex trafficking sting.

Officials in the FBI's Atlanta field office say they along with authorities in Macon, Augusta and Savannah participated in the weeklong sting operation, which resulted in arrests on charges including pimping, prostitution and solicitation.

Authorities say arrests ranged from 18-year-old women charged with prostitution to a 51-year-old metro Atlanta man who's charged with attempted child molestation and enticement. Investigators say the suspects who were arrested in Georgia were also from South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and New York.

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