Missing NC teen found during Tennessee human trafficking sting operation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A missing North Carolina child was found during a human trafficking sting operation in Knox County Tuesday.

Timothy King, Jesse McMinn and Tabitha Banks were arrested during the operation at a Holiday Inn in Knoxville at 9143 Executive Park Drive.

Investigators found an advertisement on Backpage.com. After contacting McMinn, an undercover detective made an appointment for a “two girl special.”

The undercover detective agreed to pay $340 for an hour. The detective was told while McMinn and Banks were “providing services,” King would be their security.

During the arrest, investigators found a missing teen inside King’s car.

The teen was missing from Asheville, North Carolina.

She is currently being reunited with family.

Also, investigators found $2,708 on King.

Banks claimed that some of the money was her’s.

King faces charges for human trafficking. McMinn and Banks face charges for prostitution.