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9 arrests made in Forsyth County as part of metro Atlanta sex trafficking operation
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The Johns Creek Alpharetta Forsyth County Drug Task Force took nine women into custody in Forsyth County, arresting seven for prostitution and two others for masturbation for hire, as part of the FBI's Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force leading up to Super Bowl LIII on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

Over the last 11 days, dozens of law enforcement agencies from all over the Metro-Atlanta area, including the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, participated in the FBI’s Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force, a large-scale sex trafficking crackdown leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

Representatives from this task force reported that 169 arrests were made over the 11-day period, including 26 alleged traffickers and 34 individuals allegedly attempting to engage in sex acts with minors, while nine juvenile sex-trafficking victims were recovered, including one as young as 14, and nine adult human trafficking victims were identified, state authorities say.

During the course of the investigation, the Johns Creek Alpharetta Forsyth County Drug Task Force took nine women into custody in Forsyth County, arresting seven for prostitution and two others for masturbation for hire.

According to Forsyth County Jail records, the individuals arrested locally include:

● Amanda Belle Williams, 29, of Minnesota, has been charged with prostitution. She was released on a $3,300 bond.

● Ebony Renee Turner, 27, of Lithonia, has been charged with masturbation for hire. She was released on a $1,670 bond.

● Jessica Rose Stumm, 31, of Minnesota, has been charged with prostitution. As of press time she was being held in jail on a $3,320 bond.

● Trisha Marie Lammers, 37, of Chamblee, has been charged with masturbation for hire. She was released on a $1,650.

● Heather Chantel Johnson, 32, of Rome, has been charged with prostitution. She was released on a $3,320 bond.

● Tianna Shaunice Hall, 25, of Alpharetta, has been charged with prostitution. She was released on a $3,320 bond.

● Aloe Antionette Davis, 43, of Clarksville, has been charged with prostitution. As of press time she was still being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.

● Patrice Romin Rowe, 36, of New Jersey has been charged with prostitution. As of press time she was still being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.

● Laura Jean Raney, 25, of Stone Mountain, Georgia has been charged with prostitution. As of press time she was still being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.

Records show that Davis is being held in Forsyth County on active warrants in Gordon and Fulton Counties, while Raney is being held for Gwinnett and Fulton counties.

Arrest records show that each of these women were arrested at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in south Forsyth. The arrests were a joint effort by the drug task force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and dozens of other law enforcement and non-governmental agencies, according to local authorities.

In a press release, FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker thanked the various agencies involved, praising the proactive approach the operation took to address the problem of sex trafficking in Georgia.

“Sex trafficking is not just a problem during large-scale events,” Hacker said in the release. “It is a 365-day-a-year problem in communities all across the country.”

In addition to these arrests, the sheriff’s office also assisted the GBI in “Operation Interception,” an undercover operation targeting adults “seeking sex” with minors, which yielded 21 arrests over five days.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater stated on Tuesday that none of the arrests were made in Forsyth County but confirmed that their undercover agents were involved.