The sex trafficking victim who founded the ministry to help other women is arrested in drug raid

Tajuan McCarty, 47

A victim of sex trafficking who set up her own ministry to prevent her from happening to other women and who sold movie rights to her life story has been arrested on drug charges.

Tajuan McCarty was arrested Wednesday morning after police broke into a house in Birmingham, Alabama, which had been under surveillance for three months.

Inside, they found large amounts of heroin, cocaine and marijuana along with guns, stolen identities and stolen property.

McCarty, who has been soliciting donations to her Facebook ministry in recent months, was accused of cocaine trafficking, trafficking of stolen identities, illegal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of credit card fraud.

She was arrested along with Octavius ​​Owens, 37, and Jordan Owens, 21.

Tajuan McCarty, 47

Tajuan McCarty, 47, shown in 2016

Tajuan McCarty, 47, shown in 2016

Tajuan McCarty, 47, was arrested Wednesday morning (left) and charged with drug trafficking in addition to credit car fraud. She is a prolific sex trafficking survivor who established a home for needy women in Alabama and won awards for work (she is seen right in 2016)

McCarty has spoken openly in the past about being trafficked as a prostitute in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

During the years when she was forced to work sexually, she fell into drug addiction.

Last year, he signed an agreement that grants the cinematographic rights of his life story to a Christian film company. It was not reported at that time how much they paid for them.

McCarty was trafficked by a boyfriend who became a pimp when he was 15 years old after running away from home.

Was trafficked on a truck through the US UU., To "all states except Hawaii and Alaska", and was also taken to the other side of the border.

At the age of 26, she was arrested and put in prison, which gave her the first chance to escape.

McCarty was arrested along with Octavius ​​Owens, 37, (left) and Jordan Owens, 21 (right)

The trio was arrested in this house in Birminghan, Alabama, which the police had been watching for three months

The trio was arrested in this house in Birminghan, Alabama, which the police had been watching for three months

The trio was arrested in this house in Birminghan, Alabama, which the police had been watching for three months

She got out of prison and got a college degree and then founded The WellHouse in Birmingham to support other women.

The organization received coverage from local media for its wide dissemination. Helped more than 100 women in Alabama.

Earlier this year, he left The WellHouse to establish a ministry that bears his name.

Her appearance changed drastically and she began asking for small donations on Facebook to help women in need.

After his arrest Wednesday, McCarty's attorney issued a statement suggesting he was innocent, but declined to go into detail about the charges against him.

"Ms. McCarty knows and understands that the legal process should run its course with respect to these allegations against her, we respect that process and will not stain it with statements about the allegations against Ms. McCarty.

"In addition, Ms. McCarty has certain constitutional rights that we must protect, so we will not address the allegations against her.

After being incarcerated at age 26 after 11 years of prostitution, McCarty obtained a degree and then founded The WellHouse, a haven for other victims of sex trafficking (above), but left mysteriously earlier this year.

After being incarcerated at age 26 after 11 years of prostitution, McCarty obtained a degree and then founded The WellHouse, a haven for other victims of sex trafficking (above), but left mysteriously earlier this year.

After being incarcerated at age 26 after 11 years of prostitution, McCarty obtained a degree and then founded The WellHouse, a haven for other victims of sex trafficking (above), but left mysteriously earlier this year.

In the last four years. She is seen on the left, in 2013, and on the right, during a recent speech about sex trafficking and to survive it

In the last four years. She is seen on the left, in 2013, and on the right, during a recent speech about sex trafficking and to survive it

In the last four years. She is seen on the left, in 2013, and on the right, during a recent speech about sex trafficking and to survive it

In the last four years. She is seen on the left, in 2013, and on the right, during a recent speech about sex trafficking and to survive it

In the last four years. She is seen on the left, in 2013, and on the right, during a recent speech about sex trafficking and to survive it

Since leaving The WellHouse he founded, McCarty has asked for donations on social media to help women in need in his new ministry, not yet founded.

Since leaving The WellHouse he founded, McCarty has asked for donations on social media to help women in need in his new ministry, not yet founded.

Since leaving The WellHouse he founded, McCarty has asked for donations on social media to help women in need in his new ministry, not yet founded.

"The allegations will be addressed in due time, in the appropriate forum, a courtroom in Jefferson County Courthouse, and not in the court of public opinion.

To the victims that Tajuan has helped over the years: do not let this situation disconcert you.

"There are better days for Tajuan and there are better days for you.

"He continues to fight against the strengths of being a victim and survivor of trafficking," he said.

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