Indianapolis 16-year old rescued after being kidnapped for sex trafficking

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A 16-year-old girl snatched right off an Indianapolis street and sold into prostitution is back home after a terrifying weekend.

Investigators say the girl was held, assaulted and abused until a chance moment brought her freedom.

It's a difficult story to tell, but an important one. Human trafficking is impacting teenagers in and around Indianapolis.

The girl's weekend-long nightmare began on the city's east side. She and a group of teens were all forced off an IndyGo bus at E. 42nd Street and Post Road after a disturbance broke out on the bus last Friday (August 14).

The victim began walking home when a young man pulled up and offered her a ride home. She took the ride, but never made it home.

The victim was reportedly raped at a Motel 6 near 21st and Shadeland.

Police say a man identified as 24-year old Kevryn Gaines-Dukes then met up with a second suspect, Myeisha White, and the two purchased lingerie for the girl before driving to Cincinnati. There, White reportedly showed the girl how to prostitute without getting hurt.

The next day, they all headed to Nashville, Tenn., where White took pictures of the teen and posted them on backpage.com, a site known by solicitors and investigators for sex trafficking.

"That's where we find our victims. If they ever outlawed backpage.com, we'd have trouble finding victims," said Sgt. Jon Daggy, who investigates human trafficking as part of the Vice Unit with IMPD.

The 16-year old told police her captors made a thousand dollars that weekend, forcing her to have sex with at least 10 men. 

The teen had reportedly been crying and asking to go home. She had been secretly texting messages like "police" to her father and sister. According to the federal complaint, Gaines-Dukes then texted the father, demanding $25,000 in ransom, telling him, "get the money...No police."

He also reportedly exchanged messages with the victim's sister.

She asked him, "...U Wanna Traffic Minor Age Females & Make Them Prostitute (sic)?"

"Yup," wrote the suspect. "and she bring in the bank...I love her...And she said she love u a lot but bye ----- that's all yu will remember abt her And they not gone find her alive."

"Why would You Kill Ur Money MAKER?" typed the sister.

"I can get another," he replied.

The texts were traced to a Nashville motel. By the time police arrived, the trio was gone, but surveillance video and a vehicle description eventually led investigators to the suspects near the outlet mall in Edinburgh.

According to federal records, White says Gaines-Dukes "was worried about getting into trouble with 'human trafficking' and that he was going to go away for life."

The 16-year-old is back with her family.  

Both suspects were arrested on charges of kidnapping, confinement, abduction for interstate commerce and conspiracy. Both are now under federal hold in the Marion County Jail.  

Kevryn Gaines-Dukes has a criminal history including battery, drugs and weapons charges.

Investigators got a search warrant for the vehicle Thursday and discovered condoms, motel receipts, room keys, cell phones and some of the victim's personal information, stating she was 16 years old.

The FBI declined to comment on the ongoing case.