3 charged with human trafficking of of girl, 14
Three people were charged with the human trafficking of a 14-year-old Detroit girl, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Thursday.
The alleged trafficking occurred in Detroit between Jan. 16 and Jan. 26. An investigation by Detroit police led to the arrests of 33-year-old Eric Alexander Brown, Brian Deshawn Ash, 26, and 18-year-old Grace Nyirahabimana.
“More detailed facts will be introduced as evidence at the preliminary examination,” according to a press release Thursday from the prosecutor’s office.
Brown is charged with human trafficking, human trafficking of a minor, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, child sexually abusive activity and child sexually abusive activity through distribution and promotion.
Ash is charged with human trafficking of a minor, carrying a concealed weapon, child sexually abusive activity and child sexually abusive activity through distribution and promotion.
Nyirahabimana was charged with human trafficking of a minor and child sexually abusive activity.
The defendants were expected to be arraigned Thursday in 36th District Court.
Last month, federal and Detroit officials warned people attending the North American International Auto Show to be on the lookout for sex traffickers.
Last year, police made 22 arrests for human trafficking that were tied to the auto show, Detroit Police Chief Craig said. Some of those cases are still being investigated. The police chief said sex traffickers often go to major events like the auto show that attract large crowds to find their victims.
Nicquel Terry contributed.