Asheboro man accused human trafficking, holding person in 'sexual servitude'

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Salvador Espinoza Escobar

Salvador Espinoza Escobar

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — An Asheboro man was arrested after he was accused of forcing a person into sexual servitude, according to the Randolph County Sheriff's Office.

On Jan. 22 around 10 a.m., the sheriff's office's Criminal Investigations Division launched an investigation after receiving a report of possible human trafficking.

A tip from the National Human Trafficking Tip Line identified Salvador Espinoza Escobar, 48, of Asheboro.

Since January 2015, he allegedly held a female victim in sexual servitude by withholding basic needs in exchange for forced sexual acts.

Escobar was arrested and charged with felony human trafficking.

There have been previous allegations against Escobar, which are now part of this investigation, the sheriff's office said.

He is being held at the Randolph County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

The Randolph County Sheriff's Office is working with World Relief Triad and the Department of Social Services to help the victim.

Human trafficking is not highly reported in Randolph County, according to the sheriff's office. This is the first case of human trafficking charged by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

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