Forsyth County authorities say that an undercover operation targeting human trafficking, prostitution and sex crimes led to the arrest of seven people late last week.
In a press release, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office stated that on Nov. 14 and 15, the sheriff’s office participated in Operation Beacon, a joint undercover operation between multiple units within the sheriff’s office, the Johns Creek Alpharetta Forsyth County Drug Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations Division.
“This was a proactive, online, undercover investigation designed to combat human trafficking and its connections to prostitution and related sex crimes,” the release states.
According to sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater, investigators used websites known for facilitating sex trafficking to identify individuals in the local area that were allegedly attempting to buy or sell sexual services.
Those arrested during the two-day operation include:
• Michael D. Unger, 39, of Cumming has been charged for one count for solicitation of sodomy;
• Juan Carlos Garcia, 21, of Cumming has been charged for counts of pandering and solicitation of sodomy;
• Kenneth Michael Williams, 53, of Dahlonega has been charged with one count of pandering;
• James Christopher Parmer, 50, of Buford has been charged for counts of pandering and solicitation of sodomy;
• Abner Nehimias Flores Perez, 33, of Gainesville has been charged for counts of pandering and solicitation of sodomy;
• Amy Lynette Hensley, 36, of Gainesville has been charged with prostitution and is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond due to outstanding warrants;
• Blakley Ryan Crumley, 37, of Toccoa has been charged for one count of pandering. Update: Crumley was not prosecuted due to lack of evidence, according to a court order dated May 3, 2022.
None of the individuals arrested in Operation Beacon could be reached for comment as of press time.