Another suspect arrested in Homewood human trafficking case

HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) - Another suspect has been arrested in connection to a case of human trafficking at a Homewood motel, reports the Homewood Police Department. The victim in this case was the daughter and granddaughter of the two female suspects. Homewood police arrested a male suspect Friday, April 1. All three have been charged with sexual abuse of a child under 12 and human trafficking.

Homewood police arrested Amber Abrams, 30, and her mother Alesha Abrams, 51, both of Birmingham, on Thursday, March 31. The Homewood Police Department sent out a wanted persons release on Tuesday and by Thursday, the women had turned themselves in. Abrams and Abrams have both been charged with two counts of sodomy and one count each of sexual abuse of a child under 12, human trafficking, promoting prostitution and facilitating travel of a child for an unlawful sexual act.

The arrests came as a result of an investigation into a complaint of possible child abuse reported by the Alabama Department of Human Resources on February 16, 2011 to the Homewood Police department. During the investigation, police discovered that a child victim was sexually molested by a black male at a Homewood motel. The motive was drug related, according to the police, and it culminated in the arrest of the child's mother and grandmother.

March 31, the police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Cleveland Andre Jointer, 36, of Birmingham. He was arrested April 1 and charged with two counts of sodomy, sexual abuse of a child under 12, human trafficking and traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act. The U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Jointer Friday and took him to the Jefferson County Jail, where all three defendants are being held without bond.

The Homewood Police Department, Prescott House Child Advocacy Center, Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

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