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Human Trafficking

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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StarNews: Goolsby, Hamilton team up to battle sex trafficking

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video Two state lawmakers from Wilmington say they want to pass new laws to battle the problem of sex trafficking of minors in North Carolina and offer more treatment and less punishment to its young victims. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Captured: Human trafficking in the Port City

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video Human trafficking is an underground crime that is intensifying across the country. Women and even young girls are trapped in lives of misery, forced to have sex with perhaps dozens of men a day. This modern-day slavery is hitting closer to home than you may expect. Human trafficking is happening right here in the Port City. Full story...
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