Missing Child Recovered, 1 Charged With Trafficking

Posted at 5:07 PM, Jul 30, 2016

A man has been arrested and charged with trafficking, and officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said a missing child has been recovered.

According to TBI agents, a 12-year-old from Texas was being held against her will by a man identified as 36-year-old Tavarie Anthony Williams, of Nashville.

Williams was allegedly trafficking the 12-year-old for the purposes of commercial sex.

Those with the TBI gained information on the child’s possible whereabouts on Friday evening. She had been missing for about a month.

Officials with the TBI, U.S. Marshals, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Franklin Police Department found the child overnight at an extended stay hotel in Franklin.

According to reports, Williams had enticed the girl in June in San Antonio, Texas by offering her a ride home.

That’s when he brought her to Tennessee and trafficked her for sex.

Williams has been arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking for a commercial sex act, a class A felony.

He was being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

Authorities said the investigation remained ongoing, and more charges were possible.

The child was receiving care in state custody and was set to head home to Texas soon.