INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Three women face human trafficking charges after allegedly placing ads for sex with a minor on the internet.
Ciera Beauchamp, 24, faces felony charges of promotion of human trafficking and promoting prostitution, as well as a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Brandi Beauchamp and Ashley Breedlove also face promotion of human trafficking and promoting prostitution charges.
According to court documents, Ciera Beauchamp placed Backpage.com ads for a minor that she was the court-appointed guardian of.
Officers were called to the 8700 block of South Keystone Ave. for a disturbance involving child custody on Oct. 7. The juvenile said Ciera Beauchamp had slapped her when she refused to do what she was told.
The juvenile told a DCS worker that Beauchamp had been placing ads for her, including pictures of the minor, on Backpage.com. The number on the ads matched Beauchamp’s phone number. She also told the worker that she had been smoking marijuana that Beauchamp had purchased for her.
Police then interviewed the minor, telling them that she had sex with “a good deal” of the men from the website and had contracted Chlamydia.
The girl said that Beauchamp carried a handgun and had threatened her and her family. She also said that when Beauchamp would receive a bill for cable or rent, the girl would have to start prostituting again.
In addition, the girl said that Beauchamp and her girlfriend, Ashley Breedlove, would go to stores and fill bags with items and then run out of the store.
The girl would call her mother and say “I don’t really want to be here, but I can’t tell you why right now.”
A man who lived in an apartment below Ciera Beauchamp spoke to 24-Hour News 8 and asked to remain anonymous. He said he recognized the mugshots of all three suspects immediately.
“They had a lot of traffic there. I don’t know who they were,” the man said.
The man said last month, a teenager ran down from the apartment and knocked on his door crying. He said she told him someone hit her and she used his phone to call police.
He said she left his apartment and he never saw her again.
“I’m not surprised to the point that I didn’t think anything was going on,” he said. “I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t think that was going on.”
Another witness said she had an agreement to prostitute out of Beauchamp’s apartment in an exchange for a place to stay. She said she knew the minor was prostituting but did not want to.
Backpage ads had also been placed for the minor from email accounts associated with Beauchamp’s girlfriend, Ashley Breedlove.
Beauchamp’s sister, Brandi Beauchamp, is also charged after admitting to driving the minor to a call where they both had sex with a man in exchange for $100 each.
People facing abuse can dial 211. It’s a 24-hour hotline dedicated to connecting victims with resources for help.