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One teen was recovered in Henry County, the other in Christiansburg.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Two juveniles were recovered last week from an underground sex trade that was discovered as part of an ongoing investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office into prostitution in the area.
Investigators with the sheriff’s office first became aware that the juveniles were being exploited during an online operation investigating the culture of sex trafficking, according to a news release. Capt. Brian Wright said the juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were involved in prostitution.
The operation led investigators to the Collinsville area of Henry County, where they worked with members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office to recover one of the juveniles on Aug. 22.
At that time, officers also arrested a 37-year-old Christiansburg woman, Mecca S. Gravely , on unrelated charges for failing to appear in court on drug distribution charges, according to the release. Gravely was being held without bond Wednesday in the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
Wright said the woman was an acquaintance of the juvenile but he did not know how the two knew each other.
The second juvenile was located Aug. 23 in Christiansburg.
No charges have been filed in relation to the sex trade. The case has been forwarded to the FBI for further investigation.
“This operation was a continuation of efforts beginning last month with the online investigation into prostitution and the meth trade in the New River Valley,” Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Robert New was quoted as saying in the release. “The recovery of these juveniles from a life of exploitation is one more step forward in our efforts to curb this threat in our community.
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