Charles Clarence Stacey and Mary Lue Daw (Atmore Police Department)

A pair of senior citizens in Atmore, Alabama, are in police custody after the sickening rape of a 13-year-old girl. According to Atmore police, Mary Lue Daw, 66, accepted cash from her boyfriend, Charles Clarence Stacey, 87, in exchange for sex with the child.

Daw is accused of threatening her granddaughter with physical harm if she did not have sex with Stacey and the child was held down as she was raped. At some point after the rape, law enforcement was notified and an investigation was launched by the Atmore Police Department.

According to media outlet WKRG News 5, Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks announced the arrest of Daw and Stacy for the rape of the child.  The grandmother has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree human trafficking for facilitating the assault. Stacey has been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree human trafficking, first-degree promoting prostitution and enticing a child for immoral purposes. Both Daw and Stacey have a $1M bail and are being held at the Escambia County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing with units from the Atmore Police Department and the Escambia County Department of Human Resources participating,

The name of the minor victim is not being released and now she falls trend to a terrible statistic: Childhood abuse is the leading indicator for possibly being trafficked into the sex trade. Many children enter the sex trade between the ages of 11-14 but their sexual experience can start much earlier. According to Tina Frundt, the founder of the anti-trafficking nonprofit group Courtney’s house, “Sexually exploitive situations began usually between the ages of 6-10 as child abuse.” Between 70-90 percent of trafficked children have a history of childhood sexual abuse and family dysfunction.

The sickening fact that her grandmother was the one who trafficked her shows that women are buyers and traffickers, as well. Reports have indicated that women make up 35-40 percent of sex traffickers.

Mo Barnes

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Maurice “Mo” Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.