23-year-old Malachi Laws & 24-year-old Tereesa Robinson were charged with promoting prostitution on Monday afternoon after an 18-year-old victim’s mother called the police about her daughter, who has been missing for the last few months. She told police that she was worried about possible trafficking. Officers found the victim in a room at Red Roof Inn. She stated that she was living there with Laws and Robinson. She stated she was in a relationship with both individuals and that they were all from Ohio. The victim told police before coming to Tennessee, she was in Baltimore, and they used Robinson’s car to travel. Detectives asked who was paying for the room, and the victim answered that both Laws and Robinson took turns renting the room. Detectives verified the information with the front desk.
The victim told detectives that she had an ad on an erotic website called “megapersonals” which Ms. Robinson helped her create. The victim told detectives she was sleeping with men for money, and at first, she was able to keep some of the money from the deals but now she wasn’t allowed to keep any of the money and had to give it to Mr. Laws. The customers paid in CashApp, ApplePay, and cash. She stated that although Mr. Laws had never been abusive towards her, she was still afraid of what he would do if she stopped.