Family notices ads for missing girl, MBPD arrests 2 for human trafficking

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – According to Myrtle Beach police, two people have been arrested in connection with a human trafficking case involving a young girl.

Officers began looking into the matter after the family of a girl missing out of North Carolina saw ads online advertising her.  After an extensive investigation, officers were able to locate the victim and reunite her with her family.

The report says police received the information that the girl was in the Myrtle Beach area, and texted a phone number listed on a back page advertisement and arranged a meeting at the Caribbean Resort and Villas where the takedown was conducted.

A press release from Captain Joey Crosby states city police worked with other agencies to identify and take 20-year-old Kerry Andrell Lewis of Fayetteville and 37-year-old Julius Larose Riley of Homestead, Florida into custody.

Booking records show the pair was arrested Thursday evening just before 7 p.m. in the 300 block of North Ocean Boulevard.

Lewis was charged for prostitution and trafficking in persons and Riley was charged with trafficking in persons and resisting arrest.