Traffic stops lead to investigation into kidnapping, forced prostitution in NC

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GRAHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Alamance County deputies are asking for help finding two people they believe kidnapped and possibly trafficked a person.

On Saturday, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle they believed was involved with a missing person and found evidence that the person was being held against their will and possibly forced into prostitution.

Deputies were able to find the missing person, whose identity is not being released for their safety.

Neighbors couldn’t believe this was happening.

“Shocking, because I have grandkids. Not living with me, but just to think about that and having to bring kids around that. Just a shocking thing and something you wouldn’t want to be around,” said Kenneth Morrow, who lives a few doors down from the suspects.

Deputies now have search warrants out for Christopher Gray Stevenson, 27, and Amanda Lynn Starr, 28. They’re charged with first-degree kidnapping, sexual servitude of an adult victim and promoting prostitution for profits. Deputies also searched their home at Parkridge Apartments in Graham and found more evidence.

One neighbor talked about that law enforcement presence.

“I looked back out the window and noticed that whole building was swamped with cops,” said Jerquairias Hopper, who was staying in the Parkridge Apartments.

Deputies continue to search for Stevenson and Starr. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit at (336) 570-6777.

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