A 14-year-old girl was rescued from a sex trafficking operation in Georgia, according to local police. Two men were arrested in connection with the sex crime and charged with sex trafficking.
On Feb. 22, police were called to a Walmart in Gwinnett County over reports of a physical fight that broke out. While at the Walmart, a 14-year-old girl pleaded for help from a police officer. The young girl "in distress" reportedly told the police officer that she had been held against her will for nearly two weeks.
“The victim disclosed to the officers she was sex-trafficked and was being held at 164 Maddox Street in apartment J and K,” a Lawrenceville Police Department detective testified in court, according to WSB-TV.
"She remembers waking up and being tied to a tub," Det. Bratic said. "She remembers being forced to have sex with multiple men."
The teen allegedly ran away from her home in Cobb County. The girl was reported missing after she ran away from home.
Bratic told the court that the alleged human trafficking victim met Trevin Nicholas on a social media app called Tagged — a social network for "meeting new people." She was reportedly drugged and sex-trafficked for nearly two weeks.
Investigators discovered an online ad for sex that used the photo of the 14-year-old girl.
Bratic stated, "The phone number linked to one of those ads was found on the couch in apartment K."
Police arrested Nicholas and Trey Trevillion. Both Georgia men were charged with sex trafficking.
Police are reportedly still searching for another man who they believe could be involved in the sex trafficking scheme.
The young girl was returned to her home, where she will reportedly receive emotional support.
According to data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Atlanta is ranked as the second-most city in the U.S. for tips about human trafficking per capita between Dec. 7, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2016.
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