Two arrested in Durham for human trafficking of a teen runaway

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Mark Brown and Fatmiyah Tunis

Durham police have arrested two people in connection with human trafficking of a 17-year-old girl.

Authorities told WTVD-TV the teen had run away from her home in upstate New York in February.

Officials said a friend of the girl spotted her in an advertisement on an adult website and contacted the Polaris Project with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, and the Raleigh Police Department.

Raleigh police officers were able to track down the teen to a Durham address. Durham police investigators, along with an agent from Homeland Security, went to the address in the 1500 block of Ellis Road and arrested 26-year-old Mark Brown.

Investigators also arrested 24-year-old Fatmiyah Tunis of Corona, Queens, New York at a motel in southern Durham.

Authorities were also able to find the victim in good health.

Brown and Tunis are both charged with human trafficking of child and promoting prostitution of a minor. They were both placed in the Durham County Jail under $750,000 bonds.


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