Sheriff's office investigating human trafficking of inmates

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The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is investigating two cases involving allegations that inmates were bailed out of jail and forced into sex trafficking, Sheriff's Office Sgt. Sean Swain said.

"Two reports have been made and detectives are investigating," Swain said.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office human trafficking unit received a tip from a government-run information sharing and analysis center, Swain said.

According to the tip, people involved in human trafficking in the United States are finding "vulnerable" inmates to bail out of jail. The offenders posting bail for these inmates, who they do not know, then force the former inmates to be trafficked under the threat of having to pay back the bail money.

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