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The person offering payment may be charged with pandering, even if no sexual conduct occurred.
Any participation in prostitution by procuring sexual services, operating a brothel, or facilitating financial gain is also illegal.
Within more than 400 of those exchanges, the suspect intiated contact with the “child” and directed the conversation toward sex.
“Online predators visit chatrooms and websites on the Internet, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange a meeting with children for the purpose of having sex,” Debbie Garner, a special agent in charge at the GBI, said in a news release.
“The children these predators target are both boys and girls.” The agencies that were involved in the investigation were the Columbus Police Department, Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office for the the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The Georgia ICAC Task Force is comprised of more than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
A five-day undercover operation led to the arrest of 21 people who were accused of preying on children online with the intent to have sex with them, authorities said.The suspects, whose ages range from 22 to 55, allegedly traveled to various areas with the intention of meeting children for sex.Their charges include sexual exploitation of children and trafficking person for labor or sexual servitude.You can chat with our online users by visiting our main chat room. Other chat members near Atlanta To chat with other Chat Hour members who live near Atlanta, you can use the following links to browse our chatters.Click a link and chat with someone living near Atlanta now.