by: Mark Winne Updated:ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. —
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation tells Channel 2 Action News it has arrested two teen girls for sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl.
Conyers police told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne they got involved after the young victim allegedly had sex with customers at the Motel 6 and America's Best Value Inn & suites near West Avenue and Interstate 20.
A sergeant told Winne the young woman estimated some nights she was made to have sex with 15 or more men at various places in metro Atlanta.
"It's hard to believe someone would do that to a child, let alone it was two females that were taking her to these hotel rooms," Conyers Police Sgt. K.D. Moore told Winne.
Two teens themselves, the GBI said Essence Archie, 18, and Jadaisha Jackson, 19, victimized a child, subjecting a 14-year-old girl to sex with men at a variety of locations.
"Jadaisha Jackson and Essence Archie have both been arrested for basically child sex trafficking," said GBI Sgt. Sherry Lang.
Lang says the two suspects allegedly drugged the 14-year-old, a runaway and supposed friend of Archie's, using over-the-counter cough medicine, then went online to line up johns.
"Essence and Judaica got together and they set up a tagged account and people started calling in and basically they made arrangements for adults to have sex with the victim," Lang said.
"How did the case get started?" Winne asked Moore.
"We received a call from a caseworker at (Children's Health Care at) Egleston," Moore replied.
Moore said she made the call to bring in human trafficking experts attached to the GBI's child exploitation and computer crimes unit when she realized the crimes may have taken place in several jurisdictions.
"I've been a police officer for about five years now, and this is unlike anything I've ever dealt with," Moore told Winne.
The charges against Jackson include trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude.
The charges against Archie include trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude, aggravated child molestation and pimping.