Prostitution sting ends in human trafficking arrests

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office set up a prostitution sting to meet a woman they met online, but when they got to the hotel, they found out she was a minor.

Lt. Jerry Brewer, a spokesman with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, says the detectives met the girl at a hotel off Military Cutoff Road. Inside the room with the girl were Ashanti McLean, 26, and Marvarlus Snead, 31.

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Brewer says once detectives realized the girl was underage, they arrested both McLean and Snead.

The minor is getting help from A Safe Place.

McLean is charged with promote prostitution of a minor and human trafficking a child victim.

She is being held under a $250,000 bond.

Snead is charged with two counts of promote prostitution of a minor, human trafficking a child victim and several other drug charges.

His bond is set at $460,000.