A police raid into an Athens motel on Monday led to the rescue of two underaged girls who were believed to be victims of sex trafficking, according to Sgt. Harrison Daniel of the Athens Clarke County Police Department.
Daniel says that officials received a phone call early Saturday morning informing them that a minor was being held against her will in a hotel room at the Days Inn on North Finley street. The authorities responded immediately, and came in contact with one girl and two men.
An investigation was launched into the allegation that she was being sexually trafficked, and this investigation ultimately led to the arrest of seven individuals who have been accused of sexual human trafficking. Two underaged girls were rescued as a result of this investigation.
Now that the girls have been safely recovered, Daniel says the main focus is now on their total recovery from this traumatic event.
“They’ve been involved in a constantly moving life for some period of time, so there’s kind of a decompression time that we experience when we pull them out of this lifestyle,” Daniel said. “After that, we’re partly focused on the investigation as well. The other thing we’re trying to do is return them to their family or reunite them with their family.”