National sex trafficking ring possibly cracked with Durham arrests

Hang Wu and Ryan Wurzel (Image courtesy Durham Police Department)

May 31, 2013 8:10:11 PM PDT
Local authorities have busted a possible child sex trafficking ring across several states.

Investigators say the suspects were using the internet to encourage underage kids to meet up with them.

It all started when a car was pulled over early Thursday morning along U.S. Highway 70 in Durham.

Deputies suspected DWI, but the Sheriff's Office said deputies learned 22-year-old Hang Wu and 20-year-old Ryan Wurvel were in a stolen car and that child sex trafficking was potentially taking place.

There were runaway teens inside the car. According to the Sheriff's Office there were four girls, and one boy. They came from Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and one from Durham.

Authorities said Wurval and Wu meet the teens online. The men are being held at the Durham County Jail.

Wu is facing a count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and Wurvel is charged with possession of a firearm, among other charges. They still have not been charged with child sex trafficking.

The sheriff's office is investigating and would only say that all the signs show that's what was happening.

The families of the teens were notified. Parents drove to Durham and were able to pick up their children and bring them home.

The Sheriff's Office says the men are being held on $100,000 bond. Wu also has an immigrant hold because his student visa expired. That means even if Wu was able to post bond, he would not be released.

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