Authorities in Miami-Dade say two teenage girls were rescued after two men were arrested on human trafficking charges.
Jamaal Denmon, 36, and Terrance Jones, 39, were arrested on human trafficking charges in two separate cases, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office announced Friday.
Denmon was arrested on Jan. 19, during an investigation into the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl from Louisiana, officials said. The investigation began after authorities learned of a young girl on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach who was trying to buy drugs, officials said.
When investigators found the girl, it was learned her pimp, known as "Koach," used violence to get her to perform acts of prostitution and to solicit and drug tourists in order to rob them, officials said. The girl was found to be living at a home in Hallandale, officials said.
Jones was arrested in November when authorities began investigating the case of a 14-year-old girl who was working as a prostitute on Miami Beach, officials said. The girl was found in the company of a 20-year-old woman and both appeared to be soliciting men on the street, officials said.
Authorities learned the 14-year-old girl had been reported missing from Arcadia, Florida, officials said. The woman, who had been directed by her pimp to sell cocaine, was also charged with the sale of cocaine.
In addition to a human trafficking charge, Jones was charged with domestic battery by strangulation and custodial interference. Attorney information wasn't available for Jones or Denmon.
"These two cases of human trafficking represent some of the worst fears any parent may have for the safety and security of their teenage children," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. "Restoring these lost girls to their families while getting their predatory bosses off the streets is what the Human Trafficking Task Force is really all about."