WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A Wake County man pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution in New Hanover County Superior Court on Thursday.
Corey James Dale Padgett, 22, received a 17-30 month suspended sentence with three years of supervised probation. Padgett will be required to complete substance abuse treatment during the course of his probation.
Authorities said Padgett was staying at the Days Inn at 5040 Market Street with the victim, a 20-year-old woman. Officials say proceeds from prostitution were paying for the room, as well as food and narcotics.
The victim was admitted to the Wilmington Treatment Center for heroin addiction treatment.
Padgett also checked himself into the clinic, and then left with the victim.
Prosecutor Connie Jordan said:
“Many individuals recruited into the sex trade have experienced issues of abuse and drug addiction. The hidden nature of these crimes have made it difficult for law enforcement officers to enforce our laws and to protect the individuals involved in these crimes. What law enforcement officers and prosecutors have been able to see firsthand is that the people exposed to the personal violence and the health concerns rampant in these criminal offenses are some of the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals in our community. North Carolina statutes were enacted to address crimes of human trafficking from every aspect including provisions prohibiting anyone from receiving anything of value from personally rendered prostitution services.”