Human trafficking charges filed against two from Hope Mills

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 09:20 PM

JACKSONVILLE — Police in eastern North Carolina have arrested two people on charges of human trafficking.

Jacksonville police arrested 36-year-old Robin Applewhite and 29-year-old Samantha Rivard, both of Hope Mills. The two face charges of human trafficking and conspiracy, along with various drug charges.

Police say they responded to a motel Sunday where they found a woman who said she had been taken from Cumberland County to Jacksonville and forced into prostitution.

Applewhite is in jail on $800,000 bond. Rivard is being held on $700,000 bond. If was not immediately clear if they had attorneys.