NC man charged with human trafficking, held woman captive in warehouse

Zebulon police say a German woman was held against her will in a warehouse for five days.

Zebulon police say a German woman was held against her will in a warehouse for five days.

ZEBULON, N.C. — Police arrested a man Monday for human trafficking after they say he was holding a German woman against her will in a secret room in a suburban Raleigh warehouse, according to the Eastern Wake News.

Robert Whiteside, 44, was charged with sexual servitude involving an adult victim (human trafficking) and assault by strangulation.

The woman has reportedly been held captive since June 4. Zebulon Chief Tim Hayworth told the Eastern Wake News it appears Whiteside and the victim, a 34-year-old German citizen, made contact after Whiteside posted an advertisement online seeking a companion or wife. Once the woman arrived, Whiteside took away her financial and communicative resources and held her at the warehouse.

The woman was able to access a computer in the warehouse and emailed someone in Germany, who in turn called the Zebulon Police Department around 8 a.m. Monday. Police investigated and discovered the woman.

“She was very relieved to be with police and away from [Whiteside], and we’ve got her in a safe location now,” Hayworth  told the Eastern Wake News.

Police say it is likely more charges against Whiteside will follow. He was placed in the Wake County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

10 comments

  • Hewitt

    This woman should be arrested as well for coming over to the US illegally! Worst part looking for love!

      • Jenny

        Zebulon Chief Tim Hayworth told the Eastern Wake News it appears Whiteside and the victim, a 34-year-old GERMAN CITIZEN, made contact after Whiteside posted an advertisement online seeking a companion or wife. Once the woman arrived, Whiteside took away her financial and communicative resources and held her at the warehouse.

        Do you need more validation or do you need mommy to read it to you to comprehend?

      • Mark

        Just bc the article says that she was a German Citizen does not mean she was here illegally!
        She could of have double nationality, or maybe she was here legally just being a resident alien!
        You mo*ons need to get your facts before going around pointing at people!

      • JT

        There isn’t anything that indicates she is here illegally, Chucky. You are right. It’s other posters’ xenophobia that causes them to immediately scream “illegal!” Jenny, you are aware of the fact that you can be a citizen of one country and visit another, right? People do it all the time–I mean, you are aware that people travel to other countries using a passport, right? Or have you never left Cleatusville or whatever little podunk town you live in?

      • Iama Retiree

        “Hewitt” is always making off the wall comments with nothing to back it up – Sure does show his stupidity a lot !

    • Hatter

      Hewitt, Jenny, any other complete idiots that don’t understand……. Citizens of other countries are allowed to VISIT the United States of America. I cannot believe how anyone so stupid can even read these articles, much less type to form words to comment on them.

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