Ohio Pair Indicted for Exploiting Teen in Georgia
In a disturbing case unfolding in East Georgia, two individuals from Ohio, Anthony Charles Holmes, 32, and Jameesha Monique Harris, 21, have been indicted by the Georgia Attorney General’s Office on charges related to drug trafficking and human trafficking of a 16-year-old victim for sexual servitude. The incident came to light when law enforcement attempted a routine traffic stop, leading to a high-speed pursuit and a subsequent investigation that revealed unsettling details.
The saga began when Holmes, behind the wheel of a white Cadillac, allegedly committed a traffic violation, accompanied by Harris and the underage victim. A Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to pull them over, but Holmes evaded the stop, initiating a chase that spanned from Greene County to Taliaferro County.
The pursuit ended with Taliaferro County deputies executing a pit maneuver to stop the Cadillac. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the 16-year-old victim had been reported missing from South Carolina, prompting concerns of potential sex trafficking. In response, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit and the AG’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit joined forces to delve into the case.
During the inquiry, it emerged that Holmes and Harris had transported the minor from South Carolina to Atlanta, where she was subjected to commercial sex acts. Law enforcement also discovered a firearm, cocaine, marijuana intended for distribution, and other incriminating evidence during their investigation.
As a consequence, both Holmes and Harris now face charges related to sex trafficking and drug trafficking violations. The Greene County Grand Jury, in an indictment issued on Halloween, levied the following charges against the Ohioans:
Anthony Charles Holmes was charged with Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, two counts of Possession of Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Police Officer.
Jameesha Monique Harris was charged with Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, and two counts of Possession of Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr expressed satisfaction in rescuing another victim and highlighted the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies in combating human trafficking. Carr emphasized the commitment to protecting vulnerable individuals and sending a clear message that Georgia’s children are not for sale.
This distressing case underscores the need for continued vigilance against human trafficking and the significant role law enforcement plays in rescuing victims and bringing perpetrators to justice. Legal proceedings will likely shed further light on the circumstances surrounding this disturbing incident.