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Raleigh police charge Wilson man with forcing child into prostitution

Kenneth Corvon Ward
Kenneth Corvon Ward

Members of a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force forced their way into a Greensboro apartment Thursday and arrested a 37-year-old man who was wanted in Raleigh on charges of forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution.

Police charged Kenneth Corvon Ward of 1608 Martin Luther King Parkway in Wilson with one felony count each of human trafficking child victim and promoting the prostitution of a minor, the U.S. Marshals Service announced late Thursday afternoon.

Police said that Ward held a girl “in sexual servitude” to “entice, force, encourage, or otherwise facilitate a minor to participate in prostitution,” according to the announcement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation alerted Raleigh police in early December “that a 15-year-old female might be involved in a suspected commercial sex trade,” said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

Police found the girl on Dec. 6 at the Econo Lodge at 1602 Mechanical Blvd., according to records filed with the City-County Bureau of Identification. She was with a woman, Yadyra Malene Moniq Brown, 21, of East Bragg Street in Greensboro, who was charged with promoting the prostitution of a minor, according to the CCBI records.

Sughrue said the girl was “physically unharmed.”

The figitive task force arrested Ward around 9 a.m. Thursday at an apartment in the 1700 block of Luray Dive in Greensboro. Ward refused to answer the door, and officers found him hiding underneath a bed, according to the announcement.

Ward and Brown were both in the Wake County jail Thursday night. Ward is being held under $500,000 bail, while Brown’s bail was set at $50,000, a jail spokesman said.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225

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