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Human Trafficking

Fugitive wanted in Leland arrested in Texas

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A man wanted for a sexual assault in Leland late last year has been arrested in Texas. Leland Police Sgt. Nick Jacoby says Raul Antonio Cortez was arrested last week in Midland, TX. Full story...
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Teen jailed for human trafficking, prostitution of a minor

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video A teenager is in jail charged with human trafficking. A judge granted Drequan Argu Dugar, 19, a public defender during his first court appearance this afternoon. Full story...
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NC gang conference to be held in Mount Olive

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A detective from Virginia will speak at a gang conference in North Carolina about the intersection of gangs and human trafficking victims. Full story...
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Wilmington man arrested for trafficking local women into prostitution; $1.2 million bond

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videoInvestigators say 24-year-old Randolph Johnson Spain lured young women out of New Hanover County and then forced them into prostitution. He's now charged with human trafficking and is in the New Hanover County jail with a $1.2 million bond. Full story...
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NC man arrested for human trafficking

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Police in Charlotte say a man is facing a number of charges after he forced a young woman into prostitution. Full story...
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Other new NC laws taking effect Oct. 1

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New laws taking effect Tuesday in North Carolina will: make clear the definition of "recreational facilities" where local governments can regulate the possession of concealed weapons. The definition includes athletic fields, swimming pools and gymnasium but doesn't include playgrounds, greenways or bike paths. Full story...
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NC human trafficking symposium

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About 200 law enforcement authorities and victims' advocates from across North Carolina are meeting in Raleigh to learn more about identifying and investigating cases of modern-day slavery. Full story...
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Jacksonville police arrest 2 at motel for human trafficking

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Jacksonville police have arrested two people on charges of human trafficking. They say they responded to a motel where they found a woman who told them she had been taken from Cumberland County to Jacksonville and forced into prostitution. Full story...
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Trial scheduled for mother of slain NC girl

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videoA trial date has been set for the mother of a slain 5-year-old Fayetteville girl. Full story...
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Non-profit pushing to bring human trafficking movie to Port City

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video Human trafficking is a crime that happens across our world and right here in the Port City. A local non-profit is trying to spread awareness of this modern-day slavery through the movie 'Not Today.' Full story...
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'Safe Harbor' bill moving through state legislature

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video A bill to combat human trafficking in North Carolina is quickly moving through the legislature. Senator Thom Goolsby is spearheading the legislation. Full story...
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Wilmington church uses Shrimpfest to raise awareness

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videoWilmingtonians went to Cape Fear Presbyterian Church this weekend with a big appetite for seafood’s smaller delights. It was the church’s 6th annual Cape Fear Shrimpfest featuring what Reverend Jonathan Watson says is one the community’s better bites. Full story...
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Sex trafficking bill clears NC Senate

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video State legislators passed legislation requiring sex traffickers or pimps to register as sex offenders. The bill, proposed by Sen. Thom Goolsby, passed the Senate in a unanimous vote Monday evening. Full story...
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StarNews: Goolsby files bill to combat sex trafficking in N.C.

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videoA bill filed in the state Senate Wednesday by a local senator would require those convicted of human trafficking, or pimps, to register as sex offenders. Full story...
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StarNews: Woman's guilty plea ends sex-trafficking case

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videoAs 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. Full story...
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