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Fayetteville police say victim 'groomed' for human trafficking

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Dakim Gregory, 28, Vanessa Robinson, 23, and Tiffany Lindsay, 23, were arrested on charges of human trafficking and sexual servitude. Dakim Gregory, 28, Vanessa Robinson, 23, and Tiffany Lindsay, 23, were arrested on charges of human trafficking and sexual servitude.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The victim in a human trafficking case in Fayetteville had been "groomed" for trafficking, according to police.

This week officers arrested three people after a trafficking victim was discovered in a Fayetteville hotel room.

Dakim Gregory, 28, Vanessa Robinson, 23, and Tiffany Lindsay, 23, are charged with human trafficking and sexual servitude.

Robinson and Lindsay are additionally charged with first-degree kidnapping, possession of cocaine and possession of MDMA.

The arrests came after officers responded to the Days Inn located at 1720 Skibo Rd. in Fayetteville on Monday night in reference to a reported abduction. Police said the woman they found in the hotel room claimed she was being held captive through physical violence and verbal threats for the purpose of human trafficking and sexual servitude.

“They held her, used the Tazer on her, held her by gunpoint,” said Lt. Tim Tew with the Fayetteville Police Department.  “She was, from what she tells us, forced to use drugs, and upon that they would not let her go until she had made a certain amount of money based on sexual servitude to the people they were bringing in.”

Tew said the victim was from Rock Hill, South Carolina, and she was able to send a text message to one of her friends in Rock Hill saying she was being held against her will. The friend then called 911 Monday night, which resulted in Fayetteville police knocking on doors at the Days Inn until they found the victim.

Robinson and Lindsay were arrested at the Days Inn on Monday night. Officers found and arrested Gregory on Tuesday.

A source close to the case said the victim met Gregory online, where she was "duped on Backpage," a classified website.

“He befriended her, took her out a few times, apparently built that trust,” Tew said. “[It] seems to me that she was probably being groomed for what they did.”

The woman was in Fayetteville for three to five days, Tew said. Gregory first took her to the Roadside Inn on Southeastern Blvd. and then to the Days Inn on Skibo Road, according to a search warrant. Police said she was forced to perform sex acts with "unknown subjects" at both locations.

Police said the victim has been helpful with providing information, and they are investigating whether this is part of a much bigger operation. Federal authorities are now involved because the suspects and others could face federal charges also.

"We're following up continually now on several names and people we want to talk to, to see what kind of ties that we can get everybody in," Tew said.

He said human trafficking happens much more than people realize.

“It’s common,” Tew said. “For people who say that there’s no human trafficking in North Carolina or in Fayetteville, they just don’t understand.”

During Gregory's first court appearance on Wednesday, he requested that his $500,000 bond be reduced. However the judge said she could not reduce his bond and that his attorney would have to request a bond hearing.

As a condition of his bond, if Gregory is able to post bail, he will have a curfew, and he will have to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Gregory is scheduled to appear in court again on July 23. Robinson and Lindsay are scheduled to appear in court on July 22.


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