Ashley Harry, a 24-year-old woman once suspected to be a victim in a sex trafficking case, was later arrested in connection with the crime in Birmingham, Ala. She was transported to a Davidson County jail yesterday.
Prontiss Houseworth, 18, was arrested in August 2011 after allegedly forcing four women to travel with him to Nashville from Atlanta to engage in prostitution. He was arrested during a Metro Nashville Police Department sting aimed at advertisements on Backpage.com.
At the time, MNPD stated in a press release that all four women were suspected victims, but the Davidson County grand jury indicted Houseworth and Harry on two charges of sex trafficking and three charges of aggravated kidnapping in November 2011.
According to MNPD spokesman Don Aaron, Harry originally portrayed herself as a victim when detectives in the initial investigation interviewed her. But a follow-up investigation found that she was an alleged co-conspirator.
Prontiss and Harry are awaiting trial on the grand jury charges.