Bond set for accused Myrtle Beach human trafficker


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 on a Friday morning in July in North Carolina.

Those warrants were served once Blakeney was 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 her 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.

The Solicitor's Office says Blakeney's bond was set at $125,000 with GPS monitoring.

He's charged with trafficking in persons - first offense.

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