Carolina Public Press held a forum on human trafficking in North Carolina.

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Angelica Wind, center, of Our Voice, answers a question from Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor during a forum on human trafficking, held in Asheville on Friday, Aug. 12. Panelists also included Karen Arias (left), with the 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Alliance. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

The full video recording of the Carolina Public Press Newsmakers forum on human trafficking in NC, held on Friday, Aug. 12, may be viewed below or at

Topics included issues surrounding human trafficking in North Carolina, with specific emphasis on sex and labor trafficking. In 2015, a national hotline widely publicized in North Carolina to report suspected human trafficking identified 110 human trafficking cases involving 925 potential victims. At the same time, authorities made few arrests and prosecuted few criminal cases. Read a Carolina Public Press in-depth report on human trafficking here.

Panelists were Karen Arias, bilingual victim advocate and bilingual child forensic interviewer with the 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Alliance, Inc. and Angelica Wind, executive director of Our Voice, a nonprofit which serves survivors of sexual violence in Buncombe County. Lenoir-Rhyne University sponsored the event, which Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor moderated.

View the forum video here:

Video by Paul Eggers/Carolina Public Press





Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at

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