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NAPLES, Fla. She was known as Marisol, the boss girlfriend, a recruiter and minder of the women.

When federal agents dismantled a sex trafficking ring stretching from Florida to North Carolina last week, her name appeared throughout the court documents indicting her and 12 others.

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Sex trafficking on the rise in Wilmington

Thursday, 29 November 2012 15:21

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - North Carolina is one of the top 10 worst states for sex trafficking and Wilmington is one of the key cities.

"It's hard to believe that modern day slavery exists here in the US and it does and then more importantly that it exists here in Wilmington and it's happening everyday," said MaLisa, co-founder of the Centre of Redemption.

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August 22, 2012

ROSWELL, Ga. Roswell Rotary will be hosting a Stop Human Trafficking Now meeting to make residents aware of the horrible toll the selling of children on metro Atlanta streets takes each day.

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North Carolina ranks eighth among states in reported human trafficking, according to FBI data from World Relief Durham.

Cases collected by the N.C. Stop Human Trafficking coalition include forced prostitution in a massage parlor near Charlotte and the illegal transport of Mexican laborers to Durham.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Human trafficking is an underground crime that is intensifying across the country.

"Worldwide it's a massive business,” Resident Agent in Charge with US Homeland Security Investigations Robert Becker said.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The number of death penalty trials in North Carolina is dropping.

Only one person in the state was sentenced to die in 2013.

Mario Andrette McNeill, 33, was convicted last spring of kidnapping, human trafficking and killing a 5-year-old Cumberland County girl.

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This time of year, most people reach out to those less fortunate, perhaps by donating toys to underprivileged kids or cooking meals for the homeless.

But there is a nonprofit organization that I’d bet you are not aware of and might not think would even be necessary.
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Man jailed on human trafficking charges

Friday, 20 December 2013 20:41

Randolph Johnson Spain, whose home address wasn't immediately available, allegedly lured women out of the county and forced them to engage in prostitution, according to the release.

"He would lure them in, befriend them and then take them out of town and then kind of keep them and force them into doing that kind of thing," said Linda Rawley, a police department spokeswoman.

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If passed, the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act, sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to publish guidelines directing agencies on how to help victims and at-risk youth.

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Human trafficking in North Carolina

Friday, 22 November 2013 08:00
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Human trafficking has been displayed in popular movies such as "Taken" or "The Whistleblower". But anti-human trafficking activists around the country want you to know that it's very much a reality.

Nationally recognized anti-human trafficking activist, Yvonne Williams, spoke at East Carolina University about the issue on Thursday night. She is passionate about stopping trafficking crimes.

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