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Robin Triove Applewhite, 36, and Samantha Marie Rivard, 29, both of Hope Mills.

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Police in eastern North Carolina have charged two people with human trafficking after they allegedly forced a woman into prostitution at a motel, WCTI12 reported.

Robin Triove Applewhite, 36, and Samantha Marie Rivard, 29, both of Hope Mills, were arrested by Jacksonville police.

Police said they were called to the Baymont Inn on Western Boulevard around 3:30 p.m. Sunday on complaints of possible prostitution.

When police arrived, they said they saw drugs in the room, which eventually led them to find the victim.

The victim told police she had been taken from Cumberland County to Jacksonville and forced into prostitution.

Both suspects were charged with human trafficking, felony conspiracy and various drug charges involving cocaine and heroin.

Applewhite is in jail on a $800,000 bond and Rivard is being held on a $700,000 bond. Both have court planned for Aug. 12.

Source: WCTI12