Louis Remont, 60, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, is charged with multiple crimes, including exploitation of a vulnerable adult, abuse of a vulnerable adult and prostitution-accepting money from a prostitute. Forrest County Chief Investigator Capt. Phillip Hendricks spotted suspicious activity around Remont’s truck at a rest area and investigated. “The passenger was a developmentally disabled female and the driver was a three-time convicted sex offender, and he was actually pimping her out to people at the rest area,” Hendricks said.
Emanuel Moore, 32, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, is charged with kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Clay Moore attempted to assist Moore with his disabled vehicle when he noticed a 15-year-old girl inside of the car. Upon interview with the child it was discovered that she was a victim of commercial sexual exploitation and missing in Georgia. Moore was out on bond for statutory rape of the same child.
Arrests include individuals from the metro area as well as Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, and Virginia. One arrest from Florida is Corey Myers, age 29. He was charged with felony enticement of a child to meet for sexual purposes. Police say he arranged to meet a 14-year-old boy who was really a detective.
“Trafficking minors for sex is one of the worst, most heinous and despicable crimes we see, and this office will stop at nothing to protect victims and put these criminals behind bars and stamp out human trafficking,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst. Courtney Tremel Louie was actively involved with the sex trafficking of a minor he had transported from Tennessee to Jackson, MS.
It’s estimated that one in six runaways is likely a sex trafficking victim. While human trafficking laws have strengthened in Mississippi, finding help and shelter for victims has been a challenge. But two churches have joined forces to provide long term care to those who have been victimized.
The sports editor of a Mississippi newspaper is accused of sexually exploiting a minor.The Commercial Dispatch reports 47-year-old employee Ronald Scott Walters was arrested Tuesday by Starkville police on an outstanding arrest warrant from Horn Lake.
The Republican leader of the Mississippi House is pushing a bill that he says could protect children who are victims of sex trafficking. House Bill 571 would prevent charges from being filed against trafficking victims who are younger than 18. The minor would be taken into protective custody and counseling would be provided.
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – After a four day trial before a judge, a Jackson man has been found guilty of sex trafficking minors in exchange for money. Blackmon purchased a runaway minor for $500 and recruited other runaway minors for prostitution. Authorities say he knew the minors would engage in commercial sex acts with men for money. He faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison and fines of up to $1 million.
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Oxford sentenced a Hattiesburg man to 30 years in prison following his conviction of human trafficking and transporting a minor across state lines to engage in prostitution.