• Police: Girls used as sex slaves rescued in SWAT standoff


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Two young girls were rescued from an apartment in DeKalb County overnight after police say they were used as sex slaves.
    Police say a relative of someone inside the home called the special victim’s unit and reported the two girls were being held  against their will.

    Dozens of DeKalb County police officers swarmed the home on South Hairston Road in Stone Mountain around 10 p.m.
    When an officer approached the apartment, one of the men inside the home pointed a gun at the officer. That’s when the SWAT team was called in to help.
    The SWAT team was able to end the standoff and rescue the young girls inside several hours later.
    Investigators said the girls, ages 12 and 14, were forced to be prostitutes.

    One was found hiding in a closet, the other in a bedroom.

    A neighbor told Channel 2's Liz Artz that he saw the girls for the first time on Tuesday night.

    "They seemed Ok when I saw them that night, not in distress," the neighbor said.

    The man told Artz he saw a lot of people coming and going to the apartment. Police called it a haven for criminal activity.

    Two men and a woman inside the unit were arrested.

    They face more than a dozen charges including human trafficking, false imprisonment and statutory rape.

    DeKalb County Director of Public Safety Cedric Alexander told Artz that police are following some leads that suggest that there are other assailants and victims.

    The children were taken to a local hospital and are in protective custody Friday.
    Investigators are trying to determine how long the girls were used as sex slaves.

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