Two Memphis Women Arrested for Human Trafficking in Tupelo

Two Memphis women have been arrested and charged with human trafficking following an investigation into a report of prostitution, according to the Tupelo Police Department.

Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka said, “On July 8, 2024, officers received information about possible prostitution at a local motel within the Tupelo city limits. Officers responded to the motel and encountered three individuals in a room. An investigation was quickly initiated and led to the arrest of two females.”

The suspects were identified as Terraneika Poplar, 19, and Destiney Plummer, 20, both Memphis residents. They have been charged with human trafficking.

“Tupelo Police, with assistance from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services and the Violence Prevention Center, successfully made arrests and rescued a juvenile at the scene,” Chief Quaka added. “This crime is deplorable and TPD is committed to deploying all available resources to ensure these offenders, and all others in the future, are brought to justice. It is disheartening that crimes like this occur.”

Poplar and Plummer appeared in Tupelo Municipal Court on July 9, 2024. Judge Willie Allen denied bail for both individuals.

The investigation and subsequent arrests were initiated based on a report of suspected prostitution. The Tupelo Police Department encourages anyone in the community with information about similar crimes to contact them at 662-841-6491, [email protected], or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi at 1-800-773-TIPS.