Two women arrested in
connection to a sex trafficking sting Tuesday in Cedar Bluff are
pregnant, according to a Knox County Sheriff's Office investigator.
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.
Authorities said the preparation for the bust took up to three days.
After seeing a post on Backpage.com, investigators made an appointment
for a "two girl special." An undercover detective was told to swing by
room no. 358 to make a deal with Jesse McMinn and Tabitha Banks for $340
in exchange for one hour of sex.
At a news conference Friday, a KCSO representative confirmed that McMinn
and Banks are pregnant.
The undercover detective
noticed Timothy King providing security for McMinn and Banks while they
provided "sexual services" in a hotel room that was registered under
Members of the Knox County Sheriff's Office found a 16-year-old girl in
King's vehicle at the Holiday Inn. The National Crime Information Center
confirmed to deputies she had been missing from Asheville, N.C. for two
months. She was taken to the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center
to be reunited with her family.
KCSO told media outlets the teen traveled from North Carolina with the
three adults and appeared to be okay.
Banks and McMinn were taken into custody for prostitution. A
spokesperson for KCSO said one of the women arrested was wanted in a
separate case for vehicular homicide.
The National Sex
Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888. If you see something suspicious,
officials say to report it to that number or local authorities.