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Six arrested in Cumberland County human trafficking investigation

Posted March 6, 2015

Randall Jerome Knapp (left),  Alexis Santon (center) and James Daniel Bradford (right) are each charged with soliciting a minor child for the purpose of prostitution.
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— Detectives with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office arrested six men Thursday in a human trafficking investigation dubbed "Operation Save Our Children 2015."

Alexis Santon, 18, Randall Jerome Knapp, 41, James Daniel Bradford, 26, and Reginald Bateau, 32, all of Fayetteville, Charles Ray Moore, 50, of West End, and Roberto Carol Morales-Rivera, 30, of Lumberton are each charged with soliciting a minor child for the purpose of prostitution.

On Monday, in a separate human trafficking case, Derek Wayne McKoy, 25, was sentenced to a minimum of five and a half years in jail for prostituting a minor, authorities said. McKoy must also register under the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for the next 30 years and was ordered to remain under a GPS monitoring system for two years following his release from prison,

“Operation Save Our Children 2015” is designed to identify and assist victims of human trafficking.

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  • Andi Rueny Mar 11, 2015
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    Prostitution is now human trafficking ?

  • Christopher Rose Mar 7, 2015
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    If they would legalize and regulate prostitution that would put an end to most of this nonsense.

  • Amy LaFluer Mar 7, 2015
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    What a ridiculous thing to say...Would you much rather they be on the internet, or him get a child and catch him afterwards.....Look at the news, don't you see the missing children....

  • Alexia Proper Mar 7, 2015
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    Were they trafficking or soliciting? It sounds like all but the one unrelated person was soliciting. And, where were they soliciting? Was there a young girl on a street corner or some imaginary girl police created to try to help fill the prisons?