Three people were arrested as police discovered a missing North Carolina child during a human trafficking bust in Tennessee last week.
Two women, Jesse McMinn, 20, and Tabitha Banks, 20, are facing prostitution charges and a man, Timothy King, 27, is facing charges for human trafficking after a sting operation in West Knoxville.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit busted the human trafficking ring around 12:30 a.m. last Tuesday morning at the Holiday Inn located on Executive Park Drive using undercover detectives.
One of their detectives responded to an ad on Backpage.com for a “two girl special,” and was told to go to room 358 to give McMinn and Banks $340 in exchange for “sexual services,” according to a report by WVLT-TV. Police say King, whose name the room was under, acted as security for the women while the deal went down.
WLOS reported that McMinn gave the detective a condom, and both women took off their clothes.
Both women told the detective they came with King from North Carolina.
King reportedly had $2,708 on him when he was arrested, and Banks said some of this money was from her prostitution.
A juvenile was later found in King’s vehicle and the National Crime Information Center confirmed that she was a missing child from Asheville, North Carolina.
Fox 59 reported that the teen was reported missing two months earlier by her parents. They later told authorities that their daughter had run away.
Police brought the teen to a juvenile detention center in Knoxville where she was reunited with her family.
[Feature photo: Knox County Sheriff’s Office]