DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said 28-year-old Kamau Benjamin and 22-year-old Anthony Means are accused of trafficking a 16 year old and an 18 year old. (Photo: 11Alive.com)
by Beth Sawicki, 11Alive.com (WXIA)
ATLANTA -- Two men were arrested and two trafficked teenagers were rescued when police executed a search warrant in DeKalb County last week.
DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said 28-year-old Kamau Benjamin and 22-year-old Anthony Means are accused of trafficking a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old.
The men were arrested Jan. 30 at an apartment on Valley Bluff Drive in north Atlanta.
Parish said the suspects' victims were targeted and groomed for sex trafficking because they were runaways. The 18-year-old told police she had been exploited since she was 16.
Investigators also believe the two girls were abused, raped, forced to take drugs and deprived of food, Parish said. Both victims are receiving specialized treatment.
Police are now trying to track down men who paid to have sex with the victims.
Benjamin and Means were charged with trafficking, rape, false imprisonment and marijuana possession.