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Missing N.D. girls found in North Carolina; two men charged with trafficking

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – Two sisters reported missing by West Fargo police were found Monday being forced to sell magazines in North Carolina, according to WECT-TV in Wilmington.

A tip from the West Fargo police led Wilmington police to a Travelodge hotel where the girls, ages 15 and 16, were being held against their will and forced to sell magazines by two men who were arrested, WECT reported.

Justin Richard Angermeier, 28, and Jeremy Dean Moots, 22, were each charged Wednesday with four counts of human trafficking of a child victim, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, according to online records.

WECT said Moots reported working for Midwest Circulation, a Cameron, Mo.-based company with an extensive resume of problems documented by the Better Business Bureau.

A woman who answered a number listed for Bridgett Robbins, president of Midwest Circulation, said: “My attorney advised me not to make any comment about the situation” and hung up after a reporter identified himself.

The BBB gave Midwest Circulation an “F” rating because of 133 complaints filed in the last three years. Door-to-door magazine salespeople who said they worked for Midwest Circulation intimidated and lied to residents, the BBB stated in a release last year.

Wilmington police said no one was available for comment.