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Two arrested for human trafficking in Jacksonville

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Robin Applewhite Robin Applewhite
Samantha Rivard Samantha Rivard
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -

A hotel complaint lead to human trafficking arrests in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Police responded to a report of possible prostitution at the Baymont Inn on Western Boulevard Sunday. There they found marijuana, heroin and cocaine.

Police say they also found a woman who said she was forced to travel from Cumberland County to Jacksonville and held in sexual servitude. 36-year-old Robin Applewhite And 29-year-old Samantha Rivard, both of Hope Mills, NC, were arrested. They're in the Onslow County Jail under several charges including human trafficking and possession with intent to sell cocaine and marijuana.

The Jacksonville Police Department's Victim's Advocacy Program is now assisting the victim.

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