CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte is a hotbed for human trafficking, according to Aaron Cohen, author of "Slave Hunter."
Cohen spoke at UNC Charlotte Thursday night.
He said Charlotte is a major hub for human trafficking because of its location -- roughly halfway between Houston and New York City. Cohen said young girls are most often the victims.
"People in Charlotte need to open their eyes, because if they don't they're going to have the next great enslavement in the South happening right now in their own hometown," Cohen said.
Cohen said sex trafficking is very common. There was one high profile case in Charlotte in 2008 when police made a prostitution bust at Island Spa in Monroe. Investigators later said the women involved were smuggled illegally into the country.
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