NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. — Two men pleaded guilty Thursday in connection to labor trafficking of teens in New Hanover County.
Jeremy Moots and Justin Angermeier pleaded guilty to two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile according to the District Attorney’s Office. They were accused of holding two girls, aged 15 and 16, against their will at a Travelodge and making them sell magazines.
According to the authorities, the girls ran away to work for the company under the impression that they would be making large sums of money. However, the arrest warrants show the girls were only paid $20 for eight hours of work. Officers said the girls asked to go home but the suspects would not let them leave.
WECT reports the District Attorney’s Office said Moots and Angermeier were local managers of Midwest Circulations, LLC, a door-to-door magazine sales company based in Cameron, Mo. Law enforcement agencies in several states are investigating further.
Both received active sentences of 120 days in exchange for their cooperation in the ongoing investigation according to WECT. The girls returned to their families in South Dakota.