Police: Flint teen runaway drugged, sold for sex several times; couple arrested

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FLINT (WJRT) (8/9/2018) - Police say a Flint teenager who ran away from home for about three weeks became a victim of human trafficking.

The 15-year-old was was drugged and sold for sex multiple times for more than a week during that time, said Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.

She was rescued from the home earlier this week. Pickell said the girl was able to sneak her phone away for a few minutes and call her mother, who called the police.

Now, 49-year-old Corey Nolden is behind bars, charged with 14 felony counts, including human trafficking and first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

His alleged accomplice, 45-year-old Tayanna Johnson, is facing a variety of charges of helping Nolden with the sex trafficking enterprise.

Pickell said Nolden befriended the 15-year-old girl a couple of weeks ago, giving her a place to stay at Johnson's home on Stewart Avenue in Flint. But after she moved in, the girl quickly became a prisoner for the couple.

Police say they drugged the girl, giving her cocaine and prescription medication that made her drowsy. The suspects then allegedly took nude photos of her and posted them online, where several people paid for sex with her.

Pickell said the victim only left the house when Nolden drove her to those dates over a seven to 10-day period.

After being rescued, the girl was taken to a facility where she's being treated for the trauma.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the incident. Detectives are working to track down the people who paid for sex with the girl and trying to determine if Nolden and Johnson had more victims.