Woman Escapes Human Trafficker in Pineville

PINEVILLE, N.C.- Two people have been arrested in connection with a human trafficking investigation in Pineville, police said.

Thomas Miller and Shakeeta Adams are accused of performing violent acts against a woman in front of her two children at two Pineville hotels.

Police said a woman came forward and said she needed help for herself and two children.

Authorities said the victim was being held against her will and forced into sexual acts with random men at the Comfort Suites and Quality Suites in Pineville. 

Police said Miller physically and mentally punished her if she did not meet a certain financial quota.

They said Miller would beat her with a belt and burn her with a hot wire coat hanger, all in front of her two children, who were also beaten at times. Police said there were no sex crimes against the children.

Officers said hotels across the area, including the two in this case, have put their employees through training to spot the signs of human trafficking. 

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