Georgia rapper BluBands is proclaiming his innocence amid reports he was involved in the sex trafficking of a minor.
BluBands, whose real name is Trevontae Daquan Shareef, was one of nine people arrested on separate instances during a Georgia sex trafficking bust that rescued 39 missing children.
Blubands, 21, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 6, and took to social media to make clear he wasn’t charged with sex trafficking. His actual charges include interference with custody and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.
Interference with custody is defined as a “person commits a misdemeanor if he or she knowingly or recklessly takes or entices any child under the age of 18 from the custody of his or her parent, guardian or other lawful custodian, when he or she has no privilege to do so.
Kirk Waters was arrested alongside BluBands and charged with felon in possession of a firearm.
BluBands took to IG to set the record straight, saying, “Y’all plz believe me this sh*t is a lie nobody ain’t forcing her to say this the judge told me I can’t even [talk] to the girl at all like idk what to do dis is so depressing so crazy making me feel like a bad person deminishing my name g.”
BluBands claimed he was being profiled as a black male because the alleged victim is white.
“Plz sumbody be a activist an not a witness to sum innocent falling victim or endin up dead cause of something that isn’t true due ta the fact that she is white we are beIN deminished an beIN falsely accused of sum bs,” he wrote.
The message on his IG post read, “All yall ppl watchin my story do sum bout it repost, comment, anything would help an not witness a innocent black male fall victim or end up dead.”
BluBandz reposted a video of the victim clearing his name with a caption, reading, “Y’all plz believe me this s--- is a lie nobody ain’t forcing her to say this the judge told me I can’t even talm to the girl at all like idk what to do dis is so depressing so crazy making me feel like a bad person deminishing my name g.”
BluBands posted several more messages on his IG Stories, proclaiming his innocence:
“Ppl want me to stop talm bout it an stop posting bout this s**t but this on my name an I NVR did nun like det at all
“Y’all this is killing me like I NVR did this s**t at all
“All yall ppl watchin my story do sum bout it repost, comment, anything would help. Plz I’m innocent plz help me an not witness a innocent black male fall victim or end up dead.
“Fa all yall that think I got sum like sex trafficking or sum on my record. Look my name up trevontae daquan Shareef. Google det s**t an [let me know] if I do.
Blu then posted him and Kirk’s actual charges.
He wrote, “Fa all da dumb d***s det think it’s Tru but I swore dey said I wes arrest due to sex trafficking?
The alleged victim, who goes by Snow, took to video to clear BluBands and Kirk Waters’ names saying, “They just tryna lie on some folks tryna say they sex trafficking when they not. I know these folks for real. I grew up over there basically, but I know these folks, bro. Like deadass, when I got out of county that was the only folks who helped me when I got out of county. They is not no f*****g sex traffickers. First of all, they would have money. F****g with me, f*****g with me, if they was really pimping some folks out, they would have bands over me. They would have bands over me. And no, justice is not served. The f*** is you taking about. Ain’t nobody sex traffic nobody.”
Snow then took to her IG Stories to clear Blu and Kirk’s names.
She wrote,“None of this is true y’all the two black men I know them personally. They never pimped anyone out or sex trafficked anyone. I was living there Bc I was on the run. living there Bc I was on the run. Now the sytem tryna lie on they name.”
Snow also revealed she suffered injuries at the hands of agents who burst into Bluebands’ home during the bust.
“Y’all, the police hurt me. Look,” she said before showing off her injuries.
The caption on the video read, “Wish me luck y’all. The FBI and a whole lot of marshals slammed me against the wall.”
In her IG caption, she wrote, “Man they raided the house I was in and everything. 20 cars deep. Beat me up for nun. Kept screaming that they were hurting me but no one cared. Man those who think white privileged is real bc Ian never got it. Now I’m homeless. f*ck 12 man this sh*t is f***ed up yo. Like I had two grown men on me and sum would’ve happened if some lady ain come up. So yea. “At least Ian dead”. Wtf. I could’ve been and no one was there to record so y’all don’t know everything. Y’all don’t know what happened but instead of saying you gone pray y’all hating the fact Ian dead. F**k y’all bruh. Ian never had no white privileged.”
Blubands and Snow are both musicians, and have collaborated on a single titled “All The Way.”
U.S. Marshals Service announced Thursday they rescued 26 missing children and safely located 13 others after a two-week search for endangered Georgian children in “Operation Not Forgotten.”
“The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you,” U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington said in a statement.
The U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit, began “Operation Not Forgotten” with Georgia state and local agencies in Atlanta and Macon to find “endangered” children.
Washington told reporters the missing children ranged from ages 3 to 17 at a news conference.
“It’s hard to put into words what we feel when we rescue a missing child, but I can tell you that this operation has impacted every single one of us out here,” Darby Kirby, chief of the Missing Child Unit, said in a statement.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reportedly stated there isn’t an official count of missing children in the U.S. because children are “never reporting missing.” But in 2019, the organization reported more than 421,000 missing children to the FBI, USA Today reports.