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Three charged in human trafficking investigation

Posted October 31, 2011

— Three people were arrested Friday following a search of a suspected brothel in Greenville as part of a federal and local investigation into human trafficking, authorities said Monday.

Oscar Salinas-Rodriguez, 37, was charged with adult victim sexual servitude and was being held in the Pitt County jail under a $100,000 bond. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also has an immigration detainer on him, meaning he is in the country illegally.

Authorities searched 5770 U.S. Highway 264 East and removed one woman they said had been forced to work as a prostitute there. The brothel operators lured the woman, who is from western North Carolina, to Greenville with the promise of a cleaning job, authorities said.

The woman had been at the brothel for about a week, authorities said, and the Salvation Army was working with her Monday to identify any services that she needs.

Kenia Susana Valdez-Gomez, 46, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jose Machado Castro, 20, of Wilson, were charged with soliciting for prostitution after the search. Both were being held in the Pitt County jail under $5,000 bonds.


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  • Rebelyell55 Nov 1, 2011

    @ vdpruett " I don't think our goverment really wants to stop illegal" ..... What an understatement. They can't stop it let along want to. As for Welfare offices, the goverment employees are not allowed to ask if they are legal or not. They are not allowed to question their documents let along verify a SS#. This is the abuse that should be stopped. The goverment of any state should have the right to question someone getting welfare. This is just one of many that got caught. There is hundreds other in our state who are working for the Mexican drug cartel and involved in human trafficing. Yet our elected leaders are igroning the problem..

  • vdpruett Nov 1, 2011

    I don't think our government really wants to stop illegal immigration. Think about it, if they really wanted to catch illegal immigrants and keep them out of the country, then they would have an immigration officer at the door of every welfare organization in the country checking ID's. Those who didn't have them would be immediately detained and deported. It would be expensive yes, but crime would be lower, and the expense of supporting illegal immigrants on state funded social programs would drop DRAMATICALLY. But as long as the American people are worrying about illegal immigration and its associated hazards....what is our attention NOT focused on? I wonder...

  • andy2 Oct 31, 2011

    Tax Man - The Bush administration was much tougher on the subject. They made all the fence companies rich and we still have the same issue. The republicans were the ones who came with a special illegal status....in order to keep house keepers, gardners and the like.

  • Tax Man Oct 31, 2011

    Yes, these are the fine, upstanding illegal aliens that Obama wants to keep here in the US and not deport because they are doing such good. Like trading drugs and prostituting women who just want jobs! Just deport them and keep a record - if they come back in then lock them up for life on a work farm and make them work at hard labor every day of the rest of their life.

  • justafella Oct 31, 2011

    whess, He will stand trial first and serve his sentence then be deported.

  • mochabrown Oct 31, 2011

    Strange how they know how to commit crime once they get over here in the States, but don't know how to get "legal".

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 31, 2011

    There more going on in this story than what they are posting, Remember it's a new brief. Look at the major drug distribution ring busted in Arz. this is just a small part of the "support system" that in place in many states ran by the drug cartel. Nothing but slave labor is what they call it, but the fact is the people who hiring them ain't the ones enslaving them, it's these "support group" who pay the money and the keep collecting money after they here under threat of deportation. Wake up NC, it's here in our state big time.

  • fairyswearboots2 Oct 31, 2011

    Deport Deport Deport ALL OF THEM !

  • BullsEye Oct 31, 2011

    Does anyone know how the immigration detainer works? Is he just deported back to Mexico or does he face trial for his crimes?

  • ncouterbanks69 Oct 31, 2011

    "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also has an immigration detainer on him, meaning he is in the country illegally."