Three charged in human trafficking investigation
Posted October 31, 2011
Greenville, N.C. — 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.