Terminal groins are hardened structures that jut into the ocean with the aim of preventing beach erosion. The construction of one is in progress, and three other local coastal communities are pursuing permits. Yet oceanfront officials and environmentalists disagree on the costs and benefits.
An amendment to the Coastal Area Management Act allows for up to four new terminal groins in North Carolina, and all four projects are slated for the Cape Fear region.
This broadcast ofCoastLine originally aired on March 4, 2015.
This January, a jury convicted a Wilmington man of two counts of transporting young women across state lines with the intent to force them into prostitution.
Last September, a different Wilmington man was sentenced to more than eleven years behind bars for the sex trafficking of minors. Two men were arrested last August for kidnapping underage girls and forcing them to work.
Human trafficking is alive and well in southeastern North Carolina.
A bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking is working its way through the United States legislature. The national initiative could benefit the Cape Fear region, which has high rates of human trafficking.
If passed, the human trafficking bill would institute The End Modern Slavery Initiative Foundation. Using private and public monies totaling over a billion dollars, the Foundation would finance anti-trafficking programs in places where adults and children are forced into servitude.