ASHEBORO — Deputies arrested a 48-year-old Asheboro man accused of human trafficking in a case that reportedly spans five years.
It marks the first human trafficking arrest by Randolph County sheriff's deputies, a spokeswoman said today.
Detectives received information about 10 a.m. Wednesday through the National Human Trafficking Tip Line about Salvador Espinoza Escobar, who is "accused of holding a person in sexual servitude by withholding basic needs in exchange for forced sexual acts since January 2015," according to the Randolph County Sheriff's Office.
Spokeswoman Amanda Varner said in an email that there had been previous allegations about Escobar, but did not elaborate on them. However, she said they are now a part of this investigation.
The sheriff's office won't say whether the victim was at Escobar's residence on Old Lexington Road at the time of his arrest, Varner said.
Other than identifying the victim as a female, officials said they won't release further information about her identity or condition for protection and privacy.
Authorities are working with World Relief Triad and social service agencies to provide assistance to the victim.
The sheriff’s office has been receiving human trafficking training and has been posting awareness bulletins on Facebook for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month to bring these crimes to the forefront, Varner said.
Escobar is in the Randolph County Detention Center on a $100,000 secured bail on one count of human trafficking (adult victim), a felony. He is scheduled to appear Friday in Randolph County District Court.