Arrest made after report of human trafficking in Myrtle Beach


A North Carolina man has been arrested in connection with a human trafficking investigation that started after a woman said she was forced into prostitution in Myrtle Beach.

Dequan Jonquil Blakeney was arrested Friday morning in North Carolina and warrants have been obtained for him for human trafficking, kidnapping, and assault 3rd degree.

Those warrants will be served once Blakeney has been extradited back to South Carolina, according to Captain Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police.

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Myrtle Beach officers began an investigation on July 17 after it was reported that a victim was transported to multiple cities, including Myrtle Beach, and forced to participate as a prostitute in a sex trafficking operation.

Local officers got assistance and resources from the FBI Columbia office, FBI Charlotte office, FBI Myrtle Beach office, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. And, as a result of this collaborative effort, Blakeney was quickly identified and apprehended, according to Crosby.

We'll continue to bring you updates as they come in.

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