COBB COUNTY, Ga. — At least two dozen people were arrested over the weekend in Cobb County during an undercover sex sting.
Authorities told Channel 2 Cobb County Bureau Chief Chris Jose that those arrested were alleged pimps and prostitutes. Some of the suspects are accused of enticing children online.
The undercover bust by an FBI task force targeted three hotels in Smyrna and Marietta. The bust was part of the Super Bowl initiative to target sex traffickers.
"I wish I would’ve said something, I didn’t know what to say," hotel guest Donna Jones said.
Jones stayed at one of the hotels where Smyrna police arrested some of the suspects. She told Jose she noticed unusual behavior.
"I actually feel sick about it because this shouldn’t be going on," Jones said.
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"They gave eye contact, you know the body language. You could tell by the way they were dressed, too," hotel guest Jay Pill said.
Smryna police said Filip Bakst allegedly tried to lure a child online. According to an arrest warrant Jose obtained, “he engaged in a sexual chat with a person believed to be 14 years old.”
Investigators said the sex trafficking bust in Cobb County was just one part of a metro Atlanta multi-agency operation.
Hotel guests who witnessed officers track down the suspects said the bust was unexpected but not surprising.
The anti-sex trafficking warning signs are posted everywhere.
Most of the accused prostitutes bailed themselves out of jail. Some of the men have no bond because investigators said they enticed children.
On Tuesday, The FBI plans to release the final numbers on human trafficking during the Super Bowl.
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