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4 arrested in human trafficking case involving 15-year-old girl

Four people have been jailed after a 15-year-old girl told Marietta police she was forced to have sex with multiple men in a hotel room.

Based on what the girl told police Monday, officers searched two rooms at the Days Inn in the 2000 block of Northwest Parkway, Marietta police spokesman Charles McPhilamy said Tuesday in an emailed statement.

Three suspects were identified inside the rooms and the fourth was at a nearby hotel. 

Kamari Bolden, 22, of Atlanta, was charged with trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude. Laura Waugh, 17, of Marietta, was charged with giving a false name and date of birth and trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude. Kenneth Thomas, 22, of Fairburn, was charged with keeping a place of prostitution, pimping and trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude. Douglas White, 26, of Dallas, was charged with pimping and trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude.

All are at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

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Marietta police arrested Kenneth Thomas (top left), Laura Elizabeth Waugh (top right), Kamari Bolden (bottom left) and Douglas Laverne White (bottom right) in a human trafficking case involving a 15-year old girl. (Cobb County Sheriff's Office)

Arrest warrants said the girl was at the motel from Friday through Monday, Channel 2 Action News reported.

A picture of the victim, who police say was lured to the motel  by the suspects, was posted in escort ads online, the station reported. Three men came to the motel to have sex with her on separate occasions.

“We commend this young victim for having the courage to report the crime as well as the hard work our detectives put into thwarting this operation while still in its infancy,” McPhilamy said.

Anyone with additional information related to this case is urged to contact Detective Mark Erion at 770-794-5363

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