News Nearby: Sex Trafficking Arrests Made
Two teenage girls are receiving specialized treatment after prolonged exploitation.
The DeKalb County Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) unit has announced the arrests of two men resulting from an investigation into the trafficking of juveniles for sexual servitude.
A statement from DeKalb Police Headquarters in Tucker, issued by spokesperson Mekka Parish, said Kamau Benjamin, 28, and Anthony Means, 22, were apprehended on Wednesday, Jan. 30 when officers executed a search warrant at 3214 Valley Bluff Drive in Doraville. Both men are charged with Trafficking Persons for Sexual Servitude, Rape, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute and False Imprisonment.
Investigators discovered the suspects had been trafficking two teenage girls, ages 16 and 18, and believe the two victims were "physically abused, raped, forced to engage in prostitution, deprived of food and were regularly provided narcotics," according to the police report, which added, "the victims were initially targeted because they were runaways and then groomed and forced into sex trafficking."
The investigation is now focused on identifying additional victims and the men who paid for sex with them.