Memphis couple arrested in Nashville for sex trafficking a 15-year-old runaway, police say

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Memphis couple was arrested at a Nashville motel Monday night.

According to Metro Police, Bernard Wilson, 36, and his girlfriend, Brittany King, 30, are behind bars on accusations of sex-trafficking a 15-year-old who ran away from home.

Wilson and King, both of Memphis, are jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond each on a charge of trafficking for a commercial sex act.

Police received information that a 15-year-old who ran away from home in Maury County on Oct. 12 was on a website known to advertise for prostitution and could be in the Nashville area.

An undercover detective posing as a “John” called the number in the ad and was directed to a motel along Piercy Priest Drive.

Police said the 15-year-old was at the motel and agreed to engage in sex acts for $200.

The undercover officer then identified himself, detained the teenager while other undercover officers detained Wilson and King, police said. Police said Wilson and King were seen coming out of the motel room minutes earlier and were waiting outside in King’s Mercedes.

Police said King owned the cell phone that was listed in the ad, but Wilson carried it. It was also discovered that King rented the motel room and Wilson had the motel key.

Police said they aren’t sure where the teen met up with the couple.

The arrests were a result of a newly created Metro Police Special Victims Division and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“The circumstances of this case are horrible, but are indicative as to why this police department formed a Special Victims Division that can focus on the perpetrators of human trafficking and sex crimes, while helping victims get important medical and emotional support,” Chief John Drake said.