Dunwoody makes 32 sex-related arrests ahead of Super Bowl

As the Atlanta area prepared for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl, Dunwoody Police Department conducted a multiday undercover commercial sex trafficking operation that resulted in 32 arrests.

“The goal of operations such as these is to first and foremost rescue any children or young adults who are victims of sex trafficking. We also want to remove those profiting from commercial sex trafficking from our streets by putting them in jail,” said Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan.  

In the operation that occurred the week of Jan. 28, sex related arrests were pandering─ nine arrests, human trafficking─one arrest, enticing a child for indecent purposes─one arrest, prostitution─19 arrests and pimping─nine arrests.

All nine pimping arrests are listed as misdemeanors on jail records.

Dunwoody Police Department worked with FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force and Gwinnett County Police Department to conduct the multiday undercover operation in Dunwoody.

“Through our continued participation in the MATCH Task Force, we were able to identify and rescue two victims from sexual servitude. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Dunwoody Police Department, the FBI, and the Gwinnett County Police VICE Unit,” states the city of Dunwoody on its website.

According to the FBI and WSB-TV, 169 sex trafficking related arrests were made in the region during 11 days leading up to the game, putting Atlanta on the high end scale compared to arrests in other Super Bowl host cities in the past.

“From Jan. 23, 2019, to Feb. 2, 2019, the operation’s goal was to raise awareness about sex trafficking by proactively addressing that threat during the Super Bowl and events leading up to the Super Bowl,” the FBI said in a statement. “Sex trafficking is not just a problem during large scale events; it is a 365-day-a-year problem in communities all across the country.”

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