(WMC-TV) - A 14-year-old runaway from Horn Lake was one of three minors recovered by the Memphis FBI district during a nationwide sex trafficking sting.
A court document details the circumstances behind the arrests made in Memphis during the sting and the 14-year-old girl's experiences.
According to Tracey Harris Branch, a 15-year special agent with the FBI, the teen (referred to as FM in the document) ended up in Memphis after running away from her home in Horn Lake. Once in Memphis, she met Trenton Mitchell and Charlisa Wright. Mitchell was Wright's pimp. They both introduced the teen to backpage.com and showed her how to post ads.
Mitchell reportedly had the teen doing mostly "in-calls" which means that people went to a hotel to have sex with her. She was told to charge $80 for 30 minutes and $100 for one hour.
According to the court document, the teen was referred to in the website ads as "Ms. Cali" or "Ms. Pinky".
The teen told the FBI that she worked for Mitchell for about one week. She left after getting into physical fights with both Mitchell and Wright.
Shortly after leaving, she was contacted by Rodney Armstrong, whom she believed was Mitchell's brother. The teen said she made a "large amount of money" working as a prostitute for Armstrong, but she was never given any of it. She also told police about a violent attack at the hands of Armstrong, which resulted in her being dragged up stairs at a hotel by her hair.
During an interview with Wright, police say she admitted that she knew the teen was being prostituted at area truck stops in addition to the backpage.com website. Nude photographs of the teen were also found on Wright's phone.
Mitchell, Wright, and Armstrong were all arrested as part of the nationwide sting dubbed "Operation Cross Country". In all, 150 pimps were arrested and 105 children were rescued.
The FBI has not released the ages of the other two children rescued in Memphis.
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