Police: Backpage.com ad led police to missing NC girl used in human trafficking case

A Backpage.com advertisement helped police find a missing North Carolina girl and arrest two in a human trafficking case, according to a police report.

Police said they received a report on Aug. 24 about a missing girl who might be in the Myrtle Beach area.

Street Crime officers saw a post on Backpage with a picture of a 16-year-old girl and arranged a meeting with her at a motel on Ocean Boulevard.

An undercover officer was invited into the room and met with the girl.

Police later confirmed that she was missing out of North Carolina.

Julius LaRose Riley, 37, of Fayetteville, N.C., is charged with trafficking in persons and giving false information to police.

Kerry Andrell Lewis, 20, of Fayetteville, N.C., is charged with prostitution and trafficking in persons. His bond was set at $15,761 and he is still in custody at J. Reuben Long as of this posting.

Riley was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 1:29 p.m. Aug. 26 and released on a $15,464 bond at 4:15 p.m. the same day.

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