Natchez man charged with sex trafficking, missing teen

Published 1:44 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017


NATCHEZ — A Natchez man was arrested Sunday in Hernando just south of Memphis, charged with sex trafficking for allegedly forcing a  a 17-year-old girl into prostitution.

The girl’s family had been reported her missing last week.

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Hernando Police Department Capt. Kyle Hodge said Darnell Davis, 32, was charged with human trafficking after police discovered he was reportedly traveling with the teenage girl.

The girl’s mother, Gena Hodges, has told multiple news outlets that her daughter was kidnapped from her home and forced into prostitution, as well as drugged. Hodges said she was upset that her daughter was reportedly initially classified as a runaway by Memphis police.

The teen allegedly used social media to get messages to her family about her whereabouts and reported captor.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jerry Brown said ACSO is working with Hernando police and the Federal Bureau Investigation on the case.

Brown said Davis was reportedly living in a Redd Loop trailer park in Adams County with a significant other. The victim reportedly told police she was brought to Adams County to a trailer park near a laundry, which Brown said would match the description of the Redd Loop trailer park.

Brown and Hodge both said their agencies were awaiting the results of the FBI’s investigation.

Davis remained in the Desoto County Jail Tuesday on a $1 million bond. He was also charged with multiple traffic violations.