This web-only news item is part of WABE’s continuing coverage of the fight against human trafficking in Georgia.
A Buckhead couple is facing Federal child sex trafficking accusations.
Today, the Atlanta U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that a Federal grand jury had indicted Steven E. Thompson and Tierra Michelle Waters on charges of conspiracy and of trafficking a juvenile for sex.
The indictment alleges that Thompson and Waters offered a 17-year-old girl a place to stay in Thompson’s Buckhead condo — but, after she moved in, the authorities claim she was told she had to earn money for rent by engaging in prostitution.
The indictment also charges that Thompson and Waters recruited male customers by advertising on the website Backpage.com.
If convicted, Thompson and Waters could face maximum sentences of life in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
Additional details about the indictment are available online from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia.
Note: Recently, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told WABE that sex trafficking was being pushed out of the Atlanta area and into the rural communities.
His comments drew reaction from local advocates and others.