Category: North Carolina

North Carolina woman, mother-in-law sex-trafficked 3 minors to help pay for man’s jail bond: prosecutors

North Carolina residents Brianna Wright, 26, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex-trafficking three minors, and her mother-in-law, Tanya Fuentes, 56, was ordered to serve two years in prison for conspiracy. Wright’s husband, Zerrell Fuentes, arranged the entire scheme from inside the jail to recruit girls to engage in prostitution to earn money for his bail.

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Advocates: Sex trafficking more common than known

“We have children who have been trafficked,” said Rhonda Morris, who is in her 20th year as executive director of Kids First. “This is something that has been going on for many, many years.” Kids First provides comprehensive services to victims of sexual abuse, ages 18 and younger, in seven area counties. The nonprofit served 270 new children last year, up from 253 the year before, and an average of between 210 and 225 several years before that.

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Hardister Crafting Legislation To Combat Human Trafficking

tate Rep. Jon Hardister is drafting legislation for introduction in 2019 that’s meant to help prevent school-age children from falling victim to human trafficking – a problem Hardister and an increasing number of others say is a fast growing threat in North Carolina. Thirty-five states have adopted some form of “Erin’s Law,” which requires schools to teach a prevention-oriented program on sexual abuse and trafficking.

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