NATIONAL BRIEFING | SOUTH
Georgia: 12 Are Charged in 4-State Sex Ring
By ROBBIE BROWN
Published: January 17, 2013
Prosecutors charged 12 people on Thursday with running a sex trafficking and prostitution ring across four Southern states. Authorities say the suspects lured female immigrants to the United States and then threatened them with deportation unless they became prostitutes. The operation spanned Georgia, Florida and North and South Carolina, said Edward J. Tarver, the United States attorney in Savannah. Federal agents on Wednesday rescued 11 women who were victims of the operation.