Metro Atlanta man, woman get decades in prison for human trafficking

Credit: File photo

Credit: File photo

A man and woman from metro Atlanta have each been sentenced to decades in prison after they were convicted of trafficking a 16-year-old girl in 2017.

Keron Hamilton, 27, of Lawrenceville, and Meyetta King-Brown, of Atlanta, were each convicted on two human trafficking charges on Sept. 24, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a news release. The trial and convictions are the first for Carr’s Human Trafficking Unit, which was formed in 2019.

Hamilton was sentenced to 30 years in prison while King-Brown received a 20-year prison sentence, Carr said.

The charges stemmed from a case involving a 16-year-old girl who was taken to a Cobb County hotel by Hamilton and King-Brown “for the purpose of sexual servitude,” according to Carr. The co-defendants had been communicating with a man online to set up the arrangement with the teenager. The man they communicated with was actually an undercover officer working with the hotel, the Cobb County Police Department and the FBI’s MATCH task force.

When Hamilton and King-Brown showed up to the hotel to drop the teenager off, they met with the undercover officer before leaving the victim with him, Carr said. The teenager was safely recovered and Hamilton and King-Brown were found at a gas station nearby. They told investigators they were only giving the teenager a ride that night and did not know what she was doing at the hotel.

Both Hamilton and King Brown were accused of harboring a person under the age of 18 for sexual servitude and transporting a person under the age of 18 for sexual servitude.

Carr said he was happy with the result of the trial and that the Human Trafficking Unit would continue in its mission.

“We will work every single day with all of our law enforcement partners to protect our state’s most vulnerable and put buyers and traffickers behind bars,” Carr said. “This is justice for the victims, a great result for Georgia and our Human Trafficking Unit.”

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