Police on Wednesday morning rescued a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped by another teenager, in what authorities currently believe is a human trafficking situation.
The incident happened just after 10:20 a.m. in Canton, Georgia, when canton police officers approached a reported stolen 2014 Dodge Caravan. A young woman was spotted driving a car while using a cellphone, while a younger girl was also observed, Fox 11 News reported on Friday. Once stopped, the teenage driver failed to produce a license or registration for the vehicle.
Searching the car, officers found 13 THC vape cartridges, three vape pens, a Nerds Rope-themed candy laced with THC, and numerous lingerie items. Officials were eventually able to determine that the 16-year-old driver was planning to transport the younger girl across state lines, leading them to suspect human trafficking.
The police were able to reunite the 13-year-old with her family. Meanwhile, her captor was arrested, taken to the regional juvenile detention center and charged with numerous charges including human trafficking for the purpose of labor or sexual bondage, kidnapping, giving a false name, address or date of birth, theft by taking stolen Ownership, Unlawful Use of a Wireless Device and Possession of Drugs. As a minor, her name was not released to the public.
“I want to express my gratitude for the exceptional work our officers and detectives did on this case,” Canton Police Chief Stephen Merrifield said in a statement on the arrest. “By performing a routine traffic stop and conducting an extraordinary investigation, members of the canton police have forever changed a young girl’s life for the better.”
Canton is about 40 miles north of Atlanta.
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Four charged in another attempted sex trafficking incident in Georgia
Last December, investigators from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office were able to indict four Fulton County people for alleged trafficking in a 14-year-old girl who was located and rescued 10 months earlier.
“It was a 14-year-old girl from College Park who, sadly, had been missing for about seven weeks when she was rescued,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a statement.
The four individuals charged were Jody Netter, Raphel Olivia Sewer, Courdale Thayer and Jahaundria Seabron. All were charged with trafficking into sexual bondage, which could potentially carry a life sentence.
Netter was additionally charged with rape, child abuse and cruelty to children, while Thayer was also charged with cruelty to children, false imprisonment and aggravated assault. Their charges could carry a total of life sentences plus 40 years.
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