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Woman denied bond in sex crimes case in Jonesboro

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A Jonesboro woman accused of forcing kids to have sex with men was denied bond Thursday afternoon after appearing in a Clayton County courtroom.

Jessica Washington, 27, was being held in the Clayton County Jail.

Investigators said Washington made two teen girls, who lived with her, perform sex acts with men for money. Washington lives at the Maplewood Pointe Apartments on Upper Riverdale Road in Jonesboro. CBS Atlanta News spotted lingerie in the front seat of Washington's car.

A social worker tipped off the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

One girl, 14, is receiving proper treatment. However, investigators said they were still searching for the second 16-year-old girl.

"Pimping children? That's insane," exclaimed Eric Taylor, a neighbor who was shocked to hear the news.

Washington was charged with trafficking of persons for labor or servitude, enticing a child for indecent purposes, keeping a place of prostitution and pimping.

Investigators said additional charges were pending.

Sharon Simpson Joseph, executive director at Youth Spark, an agency that assists abused and exploited children, has worked cases of this nature for more than a decade. 

"It wasn't surprising but that's the shame of it all because we see these cases often," Joseph said.

Joseph told CBS Atlanta Thursday that there are signs that neighbors at the apartment complex where Washington was arrested likely spotted but didn't connect to teens being prostituted.

It's not clear at this point how Washington came to know the exploited teens, but Joseph says it happens fast.

CBS Atlanta News learned that Washington has at least one child and pays her rent with child support.

Washington had just taken a job at the Gold Rush Club as a dancer.

Her next hearing is Feb. 28.

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