Over 150 pimps nationwide, and numerous here in Georgia were arrested as part of a nationwide campaign against the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Over 100 children ranging in ages from 13 – 17 were rescued in the sweep as well.
“Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across the country,” Ron Hosko, assistant director of the bureau’s criminal investigative division, told a news conference. “We’re trying to put this spotlight on pimps and those who would exploit.”
In Operation Cross Country, federal, state and local authorities cooperated in an intelligence effort aimed at identifying pimps and their young victims.
WRDW compiled the names of those arrested in Richmond County:
Kristopher Bufkin, 19 — Interfering with a sheriff’s deputy
Natasha Nicole Bush, 19 — VGCSA possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct (prostitution / pimp)
Katie Goetz, 31 — Disorderly conduct (prostitution)
Greg Luke Green, 28 — Pimping
Jessica Lynn Hammond, 26 — Disorderly conduct (prostitution)
Katherine Holbert, 30 — Disorderly conduct (prostitution)
Shanikia Howard, 27 — Prostitution
Betty L. Key, 28 — Disorderly conduct (prostitution)
Casandra Kimball, 22 — Disorderly conduct (prostitution)
David Leon Morris, 21 — One count of VGCSA possession of marijuana and felony probation
Ashley Reshena Washington, 21 — Disorderly conduct (prostitution)