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Police Arrest 7 Men After Discovering What They Did To Teen Girl

Seven men have been accused of drugging a Florida teen and forcing her into a week of sex and prostitution, Miami-area officials said recently.

WPLG News reports the 16-year-old was reported missing by school officials who said they last saw her getting into a black Ford Taurus on Dec. 4 with three other people. 

The girl was then taken to several locations in northern Miami-Dade County where she was given cocaine, marijuana, pills and alcohol then forced to have sex with more than 16 men over the course of a week, police said.

“The victim was forced to have sex with up to eight men simultaneously on at least two occasions,” read one of the affidavits.

“Every time you think you have seen the worst of the worst, a case like this pops up,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a news conference, according to NBC-Miami. “It’s nauseating. It's horrifying and unspeakable. How human beings could be so barbaric to each other is a mystery to me.”

Police believe the girl was forced into the prostitution after being told she had to earn over $1,200. 

The seven suspects have been identified as Cornelius Edwards, 33; Mark Evans, 38; Jerome Grace, 42; Craig Hill, 29; Branden Sands, 24; Derrick Powell, 43; and his son, Derrick Powell Jr., 18.

Police arrested all seven men Dec. 12. They have all been charged with sexual battery and supplying a controlled substance to a minor. They were last reported to be in custody.

Ed Griffith, spokesman for Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, told the Miami Herald his office is continuing to investigate the incident. 

“We are trying to discover enough for additional charges,” he said. 

There are few reports on the condition of the young victim. 

“She's in a safe place right now,” Rundle said. “Hopefully we'll learn more and see where we go with this case.”

Sources: WPLG NewsNBC-MiamiMiami Herald / Photo Credit: NBC-Miami


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