(WMC-TV) - As prostitution continues on Lamar Avenue and other areas in the Mid-South, police officers, attorneys, and locals are working together to try to stop it.
One Memphis motel manager said unwanted clientele often pay others to rent rooms for them.
"We don't want pimps and ho's on the street either. We don't want them on our property," said anonymous manager, who did not allow Action News 5 to show his face or name on camera.
"They know we not going to rent it to them, but what they do they sneak in once in awhile," he said.
In December 2011, police found three runaways, a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds inside Budget Inn room 115. They had reportedly been forced into prostitution.
Their alleged pimp, Amos Oyeleye, was on scene but managed to escape from police until his arrest Thursday.
His bond was set at $600,000 dollars. He's accused of gaining control of three runaway kids and then pimping them out from a motel on Lamar.
According to a neighbor, Oyeleye goes by the nickname Toast. Oyeleye's neighbor said Toast had bragged about pimping out girls in the past.
Oyeleye was booked into jail the same day 19-year-old Kala Bray from Bartlett,TN was sentenced to 14 years in prison for similar crimes. These cases are not related.
"Everybody in this case was abused and victimized," said defense attorney, Mike Scholl.
Bray's defense attorney said his client had been sold for sex for years while still a minor, and the judge described the child sex trade as an epidemic.
"Sex-trafficking is akin to modern-day slavery," said U.S. attorney Ed Stanton.
Stanton said his office views the problem as a priority.
"We will be very vigilant in prosecuting and bringing to justice those individuals that would seek to sex traffic," said Stanton.
He said anyone who's being victimized should reach out for help and that this crime is preventable through education and knowledge.