Filmmaker and media mogul Tyler Perry partnered with Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp to release a PSA urging Georgians to join the fight against human trafficking. Perry’s studio produced the video which wan be viewed below.
The PSA calls viewers to action by imploring them to participate in the First Lady's Human Trafficking Awareness Training to learn about warning signs and who to contact for help.
"We are deeply grateful to Tyler Perry for his dedicated work and leadership to support survivors and raise awareness about human trafficking," Kemp said. "With his partnership, more Georgians will be equipped with the knowledge to identify potential instances of trafficking - but most importantly, they will be equipped with the ability to save lives."
The PSA was released around the same time as U.S. Marshals announced that they recovered 39 missing children in Georgia during “Operation Not Forgoten.”
The U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit, in conjunction with the agency’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Georgia state and local agencies, led a two-week operation in August in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, to rescue endangered missing children.
"Operation Not Forgotten" resulted in the rescue of 26 children, the safe location of 13 children and the arrest of nine criminal associates. Additionally, investigators cleared 26 arrest warrants and filed additional charges for alleged crimes related to sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession, and custodial interference. The 26 warrants cleared included 19 arrest warrants for a total of nine individuals arrested, some of whom had multiple warrants.
These missing children were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions.
Other children were located at the request of law enforcement to ensure their wellbeing. USMS investigators were able to confirm each child’s location in person and assure their safety and welfare.