2 charged with human trafficking after prostitution sting in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A man and a woman were charged with human trafficking following a prostitution bust by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Lt. Jerry Brewer with the sheriff’s office, Vice and Narcotics detectives set up a meeting online with a possible prostitute and agreed to meet at a hotel off Military Cutoff Road Wednesday night.

Brewer said when detectives arrived at the hotel for the rendezvous, they realized the prostitute was an underage teen and a victim of human trafficking.

Marvarlus Cortel Snead, 31, and Ashanti Welton McLean, 26, were both taken into custody and charged with promoting prostitution of a minor and human trafficking of a child victim. Snead also faces outstanding warrants out of Johnston County for numerous drug-related offenses.

Snead was booked into the New Hanover County Jail under a $460,000 bond. McLean was given a $250,000 bond.

Brewer said the sheriff’s office alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the underage victim.

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