Teen rescued after nearly being forced into prostitution

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HERNANDO, Miss. — A Frayser teen is back at home in her mother’s arms after being found with a man from Mississippi.

“I haven’t stopped crying. I’ve been crying since she left and I’ve cried since she’s been home.”

“She said ‘Momma, I’m tired.’ She went to sleep at the police department. She was tired.”

Police said the 17-year-old disappeared last Wednesday, and a City Watch Alert was issued two days later, calling the victim an “endangered missing child” with a mental disability.

“I kept telling MPD. I kept telling MPD that’s not the case. My kid hadn’t run away because she’d been snapchatting for us to help her,” said the mother.

She told WREG her daughter was drugged and nearly forced into prostitution by Darnell Davis. He was arrested on I-55 in Hernando Sunday night.

The girl's loved ones said she outsmarted Davis by convincing him that two of her friends were willing to prostitute for him.

"She called them and they called me to see what to do and I promised them they'd be safe, and they got in the car with the pimp."

The girls sent back pictures to the victim's mother letting her know what Davis looked like and what kind of car he was driving. That description was sent out to agencies across the Mid-South, which led Hernando officers to make the arrest.

Authorities said he faces several charges and traffic violations. So far, authorities have not charged him with sex trafficking the minor.