KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)
-- A missing North Carolina child is being reunited with her family
after a human trafficking bust in West Knoxville resulted in three
At 12:26 a.m. Tuesday, the Knox County Sheriff's Office Vice Unit
conducted a sting at the Holiday Inn on Executive Park Drive.
After viewing an advertisement on Backpage.com, an undercover detective
responded to the ad and made an appointment for a "two girl special."
KCSO made contact with the person who posted the ad and was reportedly
told to swing by room no. 358 to make a deal with Jesse McMinn and
Tabitha Banks for $340 in exchange for sex.
The undercover detective said Timothy King provided security for McMinn
and Banks while they provided "sexual services."
According to police records, the hotel room was registered under King's
name. Both McMinn and Banks told officers King transported them from
Banks and McMinn were taken into custody for prostitution. King was
taken in for human trafficking. Investigators said King had $2,708 when
he was arrested. Banks allegedly told authorities some of King's money
was from her prostitution.
The KCSO Vice Unit found a juvenile in King's vehicle. The child was
verified through the National Crime Information Center as a missing
juvenile from Asheville, N.C. The juvenile was taken to the Richard L.
Bean Juvenile Detention Center to be reunited with family.