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ZEBULON, N.C. -- A man is charged with human trafficking with police saying he was holding a German woman against her will inside a secret room at a suburban Raleigh, North Carolina, warehouse.

Zebulon police on Monday charged 45-year-old Robert Whiteside with sexual servitude involving an adult victim and assault by strangulation. Police Chief Timothy Hayworth told media outlets that officers received a tip from a man in Germany about his missing ex-wife. Hayworth says it appears Whiteside and the 34-year-old German citizen made contact through an online advertisement he posted seeking a companion. Investigators went to the warehouse where Whiteside refurbishes bathtubs.

Hayworth says investigators found a secret bedroom behind a closet wall. Hayworth says the woman told police she arrived in Zebulon Wednesday.

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