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A man in Port St. Lucie was nabbed as part of  a federal investigation in Georgia  in connection to a sex trafficking operation that rescued 39 people, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. 

Moradeyo Amos Bandele was identified as a suspect accused of rape in Conyers, Georgia in the investigation, according to WPTV Newschannel 5. No information was available about whether Bandele resided in Port St. Lucie. 

None of the local law enforcement agencies, including the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol nor the Port St. Lucie Police Department, said they participated in the apprehension of Bandele. 

Besides Bandele’s arrest, the U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday announced the recovery of 39 children in “Operation Not Forgotten.” Nine adults were charged with sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession and custodial interference, officials said.

Petition to the White House on ending human sex trafficking. (Photo: Rosanna Aguilera / San Angelo Standard-Times)

“The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you,” U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington said in a statement.

The U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit, along with Georgia state and local agencies, began “Operation Not Forgotten” in Atlanta and Macon to find “endangered” children. 

The children ranged from 3 to 17 years old, Washington said at a news conference. 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says there isn’t an official count of missing children in the U.S. because children are “never reporting missing.” But in 2019, the organization reported more than 421,000 missing children to the FBI. 

The USA Today Network contributed to this report. 

Lamaur Stancil is the Treasure Coast regional economy reporter covering business and industries, including retail, tourism and hospitality. Contact him at 321-987-7179 or [email protected] and follow him at Lamaur Stancil on Facebook and @TCPalmLStancil on Twitter.

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