Police in NC push back against human traffickers
Officers say exploitation of women and children prevalent
Six people arrested and another who pleaded guilty in Fayetteville this month are part of a dark human trafficking industry that flourishes across North Carolina, police and victims’ advocates say.
Whether it’s because the industry is growing, or because more law enforcement efforts are being made to try to stop it, “The number of cases has climbed every year,” said Vincent Picard, spokesman for the southern region of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which includes North Carolina. “We know it’s happening, and it’s happening in every community in every state in the country.”