Trio charged with human trafficking


Three people have been arrested in Goldsboro in connection with a human trafficking case.

Arrested were 47-year-old Karen Anderson, 76-year-old William Henry Thornton and 48-year-old Jeffrey Leon Harding.

The three were taken into custody on March 9 when special agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence in Goldsboro.

Officers did not disclose the address of the home that was searched.

The two men were Goldsboro residents, and the woman had a Pine Level address, officials said.

The arrests came as part of an ongoing human trafficking investigation.

Anderson is charged with one count of human trafficking of an adult victim.

Her bond was set at $100,000.

Thornton is charged with one count of first-degree forcible rape. His bond was set at $200,000.

Harding was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of possessing with an intent to manufacture, sell or distribute a schedule 1 controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana up to one half ounce, possession of heroin and one count of felony possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance.

His bond was set at $20,000.

All are being held at the Wayne County Detention Center.

Investigators said since this is an ongoing investigation “no additional information is available at this time.”

People can report incidents of suspected human trafficking to the SBI or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.








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