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Two women arrested in Mississippi for human trafficking

Terraneika Poplar (19, Memphis) and Destiney Plummer (20, Memphis)

Tupelo police have arrested two Memphis women and charged them with human trafficking after investigating a report of prostitution.

“On July 8, 2024, officers received a tip about possible prostitution at a local motel within the Tupelo city limits. Officers went to the hotel and made contact with three individuals in a room,” said Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka. “An investigation was quickly launched and two women were ultimately arrested.” Terraneika Poplar (19, Memphis) and Destiney Plummer (20, Memphis) were arrested and charged with human trafficking.

“With the assistance of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services and the Center for Violence Prevention, Tupelo Police were able to make the arrests and rescue a minor female at the scene,” Quaka said. “This is a heinous crime and TPD will use all available resources to ensure these offenders or future offenders are brought to justice. It saddens me that this type of crime occurs.”

On July 9, 2024, Poplar and Plummer were brought before the Tupelo Municipal Court for their first appearance. Judge Willie Allen denied them both bail.

The rescue and arrests were prompted by a simple report of possible prostitution. TPD is urging anyone in the community with information about these or other crimes to contact TPD at 662-841-6491, [email protected] or Crime Stoppers of North East Mississippi at 1-800-773-TIPS.

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