Woodfin, NC

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Woodfin is a small town of about 6,500 residents in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is located in the western part of the state, near Asheville.  Prostitution and sex trafficking activity is known to occur throughout the region, and individuals known to sexually exploit minors are known to reside in the town of Woodfin. For example, in 2007 a registered sex offender with a prior conviction for solicitation of prostitution filed suit to challenge a local ordinance that prohibits registered sex offenders from knowingly entering any public park owned and operated by the town of Woodfin. In February, 2021 the Woodfin Police Department arrested a man on charges of multiple sex crimes with children, including kidnapping and sexual servitude of a child, which is classified as a “sex trafficking” charge in North Carolina.  The man, who was identified in news releases, was charged with a total of 15 felonies:  kidnapping (2 counts); statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult (3 counts); sexual servitude-child victim (4 counts); 2nd degree forced sexual offense (3 counts); and indecent liberties with a child (3 counts).  The defendant was initially held in the Buncombe County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.

Key Partners

  • Woodfin Police Department
  • Buncombe County Detention Center
  • Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

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Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

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State North Carolina
Type City
Population 6612
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