Man Charged With Human Trafficking: Mother of Victim Speaks Out

Mom claims officers did not take report of missing daughter seriously

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A Memphis mother is speaking out after an adult man is accused of trafficking her teenage daughter after she was reported missing last week. She claims MPD didn’t take her seriously, leaving her daughter in danger.

The teenager is home safe after Hernando police found her in a car Sunday with 32-year-old Darnell Davis. Davis faces several charges in DeSoto County, Mississippi, including human trafficking, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and traffic violations.

Hernando police said Mississippi authorities were alerted to be on the lookout for a car Davis could be driving, and that the teenager could be inside. Sunday afternoon, Hernando police arrested Davis on a traffic stop at I-55 near I-69 - and an HPD captain said the missing 17-year-old girl and other people were inside the car.

Memphis police first put out a city watch alert Friday, saying the 17-year-old was last seen Wednesday morning and was off her medication. The teenager's mother contends MPD investigators didn't take her claims seriously, costing valuable time.

“Laughed in my face and said it’s just a typical runaway case, a typical runaway case, when I tell you, tell you my child is taken because she just doesn’t run away,” says mother Gena Hodges. “My door was left open, my child was taken, because you should listen to mothers, we know what's wrong with our children and what's right with our children.”

Again, that teenager is now reunited with her family.

Hernando police leaders said they expect Davis will also face federal charges, since the missing person case went into more than one state.

Davis is being is currently beheld on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in DeSoto County court March eighth.

 


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