Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Myrtle Beach police say two Black North Carolina men have been arrested and charged with slave holding [human trafficking] involving a missing juvenile.
Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby says the Black suspects are Willie Columbus Lacy, 26, and David Davell Ward, 24, both of Greensboro, N.C.
Police say that officers began an investigation Thursday after learning that a missing Black juvenile was possibly in the Myrtle Beach area.
Through the investigation, officers learned that an ad existed on the Backpage website about the missing Black juvenile.
Officers continued their investigation and gathered evidence that led the officers to determine that the juvenile Black victim was being forced into engaging in sexual acts.
Lacy is charged with slave holding [trafficking/trafficking in persons], recruiting, enticing, according to Myrtle Beach police. Ward is charged with sex/ prostitution – 1st offense, and minor/contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Myrtle Beach police website says.
Myrtle Beach police continue to investigate. The victim’s name is not being released because they are a juvenile.