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HUMAN TRAFFICKING/ PROSTITUTION RING UNCOVERED

Local and federal authorities wrapped up a five-year investigation into an international prostitution ring last week. Authorities said that the organized ring operated from a residential brothel on Robin Hood Road on the outskirts of Winston-Salem.

Authorities charged seven people from Winston-Salem and Greensboro with a variety of charges related to human trafficking.

The case began in 2009 after local police received a tip from a citizen about the brothel. Nineteen local, state and federal agencies worked the case, which was announced last week by the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Police said that women from Central American countries were promised legitimate work in the United States, but were forced into prostitution once they arrived. The investigation led to a total of 40 arrests and 76 charges in state and federal court. Authorities uncovered 25 brothels in North Carolina that were connected to the operation, nine of them were in Winston-Salem.

SCAMMERS POSING AS FEMA AGENTS

Authorities up in Rockingham County notified area residents to be aware of a recent scam related to storm clean up. The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office warned residents that several people in Rockingham County and nearby Henry County, Va. had been victimized by men posing as agents with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The scammers work in teams, according to a spokesman. One person approaches the homeowner posing as a FEMA agent, luring the victim outside, while another person sneaks into the home and steals items.

Authorities advised residents approached by someone claiming to be with FEMA or a similar agency to call 911 immediately. !

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