StarNews: Woman’s guilty plea ends sex-trafficking case

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Submitted: Fri, 02/08/2013 - 2:16am
Updated: Fri, 02/08/2013 - 4:43am

By: Brian Freskos

As the 18-year-old had sex with man after man – 34 in all over a four-day-period – Alexandrea Berte collected the money.

Berte, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal criminal charge in connection with her involvement in an interstate sex-trafficking scheme that set up makeshift brothels in Wilmington and Winston-Salem. The charge carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, according to court documents.

The plea brought the quick resolution of a case that many observers saw as spotlighting a gritty, underground industry where young women and girls are taken to unfamiliar places to have sex with strangers in exchange for cash. The trade is big business in North Carolina, which ranks among the eight worst states for sex trafficking, a problem many attribute to the prevalence of major interstates, ports, military bases and a transient workforce.

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  • PublicAvenger says:

    Want to take a bite out of prostuition ? Law Enforcement can do alot more “Reversals”. Posing fake prostutites, and charging the “Johns”, who try to pick them up. Put their photos, names, and address, across the media.

    It’s cheap, and very effective. Much better then all these millions of dollars of ‘psycho-babble’ “Counseling” Goolsby supports.

  • Vog46 says:

    The girl ran away from home while in high school – its not like she didn’t know.
    She is now RUNNING a ring of her own that included 2 adult women and a minor. They were here for just a brief period of time.
    In the ORIGINAL article several weeks ago it was pointed out that they don’t know the extent of the problem because NC was ESTIMATED to be the 8th worst state for sex trafficking. That estimate was based upon a numeric study that said we had major highways and several military bases in state – nothing more.
    No hard numbers
    No studies done to determine the scope of the problem.

    Just estimates.
    Now Hamilton and Goolsby want to throw money at it to make themselves feel good. Money for counselling, rehabilitation, and halfway houses where they can be fed.
    I raised 3 girls and I am adamantly opposed to prostitution, sex trafficking and violence against women. But I’ll be damned if I want my Rep to throw $ at a problem that they have such a lack of information on.


  • Sober1 says:

    Innocent people are deceived, then bought and sold like property.
    Please pray for them to find a way out of the terror and abuse they have to endure daily. They need your prayers desperately. They need good people to love them and give them a chance at a life.

  • GuestTeeDuffer says:

    Vog, look at the silver lining here for a second…. Hamilton AND Goolsby are united in the need to get the problem of human trafficking solved.

    These pay for play encounters have been ignored for far too long a time. While I agree with you that money shouldn’t be thrown at the problem but serious study needs to be undertaken and a response developed.

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