FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Cumberland County man has been sentenced to at least 230 years in prison for coercing women into prostitution.
The Fayetteville Observer reports 42-year-old Robin T. Applewhite was also sentenced Tuesday to pay the women about $608,000 in unpaid wages. The newspaper says the women are unlikely to get much, if any, of that award.
Applewhite was convicted Monday of charges including human trafficking, promotion of prostitution and conspiracy involving four women, three of whom testified against him and one of whom is dead.
A 5 Sparrows anti-human trafficking organization member, Kelly Twedell, attended the trial. She says some of the women testified they were given drugs and advertised on Backpage, a now-defunct website that featured sex worker advertisements.
Applewhite’s wife, Samantha, is set to be sentenced in the case.