Victim of ‘sex trafficking’, 13, rescued after cops spotted ‘large amount of lingerie’ in car during traffic stop


A 13-YEAR-OLD ‘sex trafficking’ victim has been rescued after cops spotted a scary clue in a car during a traffic stop last week.

The Canton Police Department said an officer conducted a traffic stop around 10:24 a.m. on June 22, which led to an arrest for human trafficking on North Street near Railroad Street in Canton, Georgia. .


The Canton Police Department said a traffic stop led to an arrest for human trafficking in Canton, Georgia.Credit: FOX5
The traffic stop took place on North Street near Railroad Street


The traffic stop took place on North Street near Railroad StreetCredit: FOX5

A Press releasereleased two days after the incident, says a teenage girl was arrested while holding her phone while driving and arrested on “human trafficking, kidnapping and several other charges”.

The young driver was unable to provide the officer with a driver’s license or ID, prompting him to execute the vehicle registration.

That’s when he learned the vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Caravan, had been stolen in North Carolina, police said.

“A search of the van was conducted which resulted in the location of 13 THC vape cartridges, three vape pens, a THC Nerds string and a large amount of lingerie,” the press release reads.

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“Suspicious of the relationship and the items found in the vehicle, detectives were called to the scene.

When detectives arrived to investigate, they discovered the passenger was 13 and a victim of human trafficking and kidnapping, police said.

They also discovered that the driver was a 16-year-old girl.

Police determined the victim was being taken to another state and arrested the driver on a series of charges.

The charges were: human trafficking for labor or sexual servitude, kidnapping, false names, address or date of birth, theft while receiving stolen property stolen from other states, unlawful use of a device without wire and VGCSA possession of a controlled substance.

Township Police Community Outreach Officer and PIO Pacer Cordry said Fox5Atlanta“The officer’s intuition, putting it all together based on his experience, knew something was wrong.”

He praised the officer for his actions, adding: “To think of all the bad things that could happen to a trafficked 13-year-old child, it could have saved a life.”

Investigators have yet to determine how the two young teens knew each other and if anyone else was involved, according to the outlet.

The 13-year-old girl returned home with her parents, who traveled from North Carolina to pick her up after the traffic stop.

The 16-year-old is currently being held in a regional youth detention centre.

The unidentified 16-year-old is expected to be interviewed by investigators this week.

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Chief Stephen Merrifield also hailed the “exceptional work” of the officers and detectives who worked on the case.

He said in a statement: “By carrying out a routine traffic check and carrying out an exceptional investigation, members of the cantonal police have changed a young girl’s life forever for the better.”

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