Trafficking in the News

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – 

A Georgia man was arrested in New Hanover County early Thursday on human trafficking and prostitution charges.

 

According to the New Hanover County Jail, Rodger Williams Jr., 45, was charged with two counts of prostitution, one count of sexual servitude and one count of human trafficking – adult victim.

Lt. Jerry Brewer said the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office had reason to believe Williams was promoting prostitution at a local hotel. Detectives conducted a traffic stop on a man leaving the hotel who later admitted to having paid a woman for sex. Detectives went back to the hotel to arrest Williams.

 

The woman was released into the custody of A Safe Place.

 

Williams was given a $2 million bond and is expected to appear in court Thursday.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A Whiteville man is facing human trafficking and drug charges after his arrest by the Columbus County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

 

Larry Daniel Moore, 55, has been charged with human trafficking, promoting prostitution for profit, sexual servitude and two counts of aiding and abetting prostitution. He also faces several drug charges, including maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for use, sale or storage of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or delivery a schedule II controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked under a $535,000 bond.

 

Moore's arrest was part of a three-month investigation by the Columbus County Sheriff's Office Vice-Narcotics Unit. During the investigation, detectives determined that Moore recruited and harbored individuals for sexual servitude, and they were not allowed to leave his home, according to officials. In exchange for their sexual servitude, the victims were provided with narcotics.

The investigation is ongoing.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office arrested three men early Friday morning as part of an investigation into heroin and human trafficking.

 

The sheriff's office's Gang Task Force and the office's Vice/Narcotics detectives were led to vehicles and rooms at two local hotels located off the Market Street corridor. 

 

Alkabeer Lewis, 25, has been charged with assault on a female, human trafficking - adult victim, injury to personal property and two counts of promotion of prostitution.

 

Carroll Collins, 18, was charged with human trafficking - adult victim, promotion of prostitution and heroin possession.

Tamarcus Ellis, 26, was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for controlled substances, resisting/delaying/obstructing public officers, failure to appear on a felony and six counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

 

Lewis and Collins were booked under $1,000,000 bonds. There is no bond for Ellis.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A High Point man is facing a human trafficking charge after his arrest by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.

Michael Wayne Boyles, 31, has been charged with human trafficking and promoting prostitution and was booked under a $2,000,000 bond.

Hazel Christine Murray, 26, who resides at the same High Point address as Boyles, was charged with promoting prostitution on Wednesday. Her bond was set at $20,000.

According to Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax, the victim is the same in both cases.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

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WILMINGTON, NC (Lumina News) -

April is sexual assault awareness month, and one Wilmington organization is working to end sex crimes, one phone call at a time.

 

A Safe Place was founded in 2011 and focuses on prevention, advocacy and restoration to assist victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking in the southeast region of North Carolina.

 

Victims are broadly defined as people sold for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Most are females, many of them underage and lured by traffickers into the sex trade where they are exploited and frequently sexually abused.

 

To directly reach out to local victims of sex trafficking, Dawn Ferrer, direct support services coordinator with A Safe Place, has called the phone numbers listed for Wilmington and Jacksonville in online escort ads on a widely used internet classified advertising site. She and an intern, a University of North Carolina Wilmington social work major, began placing the calls in February.

 

“I hate for Backpage.com to continue for what it’s currently being used for,” Ferrer said, “but it is an avenue to reach out to victims.”

 

Ferrer said they are making a difference by letting victims know they’re here for them.

WILMINGTON, NC (Star News) - 

 

Sex trafficking is not just a problem for other communities, it’s here in Southeastern North Carolina and it victimizes untold numbers of people every year.

 

That message was at the heart of a presentation at Cape Fear Community College on Wednesday.

 

The “Expose it to End It” Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative is designed to shine a light on a problem that was once not discussed, said Lindsay Roberson, former New Hanover County assistant district attorney and now a private attorney. Roberson successfully drafted the N.C. Safe Harbor Law, which give safe harbor to teenagers forced into prostitution and mandates tough penalties for pimps and johns.

 

Roberson was also the first attorney to obtain a conviction under North Carolina’s Safe Harbor Act for Victims of Sex Trafficking.

March 30, 2016

A Safe Place loved collaborating with our partners in the education field today at the Educators Workshop at CFCC.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was investigating prostitution, when detectives encountered Marcus Ellen Tarter, 45, who they say was promoting the prostitution of a minor, as well as two other women over the age of 18.

 

The Wilmington man was arrested Friday night on several felony charges and taken to the New Hanover County Detention Facility.

 

Tarter was charged with Promotion of Prostitution, two counts of Promotion of Prostitution of a Minor and Maintaining a Place of Prostitution.

 

He is being held under a $5 million secured bond.

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