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NC man arrested in connection to Myrtle Beach sex trafficking investigation

The difference between prostitution and sex trafficking

According to experts, it's important to understand the differences between prostitution, which is voluntary, and sex trafficking, which can trap victims with involuntary sex work.
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According to experts, it's important to understand the differences between prostitution, which is voluntary, and sex trafficking, which can trap victims with involuntary sex work.

A 31-year-old North Carolina man has been arrested in connection to a Myrtle Beach sex trafficking investigation, according to police.

Johnny Ricardo Donovan Ricardo, of Durham, was taken into custody in North Carolina on charges of sex trafficking a minor and is awaiting extradition to Myrtle Beach, according to a press release from Myrtle Beach Police Department.

The department’s investigation into possible human trafficking began Monday, and police found Thomas and the victim came to Myrtle Beach on or about March 21, and Thomas posted sex ads online for the victim, the release states.

Thomas benefited from the illicit activities performed by the victim, and he had traveled with the victim through multiple states before coming to Myrtle Beach, police say.

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Investigative project reporter David Weissman joined The Sun News after three years working at The York Dispatch in Pennsylvania, where he earned awards for his investigative reports on topics including health, business, politics and education.
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