Federal agents look into sex trafficking at Charlotte hotel

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte motel has lost its franchise as federal agents look into allegations of sex trafficking and the sale of crack cocaine in its rooms.

Local media outlets report Red Roof Inn has pulled its brand from the chain’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport site. In a nine-page affidavit filed in federal court, an FBI agent cites numerous instances of prostitution and drug trafficking at the hotel since 2012.

During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, agents conducted a prostitution sting at the hotel after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip that a man was prostituting women and girls there.

The affidavit said another man was sentenced in June 2014 after pleading guilty earlier that year in a case involving a woman prostituting herself at the hotel.

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