Woman rescued from human trafficking in Georgetown

Date Published: 
April 21, 2017

After a lengthy investigation in Georgetown, a 55-year-old man was arrested for an alleged prostitution operation that included human trafficking and sexual servitude of a 25-year-old woman.

Jorge Arcinieja was arrested April 6 for an alleged prostitution operation being conducted at 36 Garden Circle in the County Seat Mobile Home Park, about two miles north of downtown Georgetown.

Investigators had reportedly conducted surveillance on the mobile home, observing numerous “vehicles and men frequent the home for a short period of time before leaving,” according to Delaware State Police. This is often a telltale sign of sex workers and even human trafficking, according to officials.

Detectives obtained a search warrant on the residence. According to police, Arcinieja attempted to flee out of the rear door, but was taken into custody without further incident. He was charged at Troop 4 with human trafficking – sexual servitude, trafficking an individual and conspiracy 2nd degree. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $250,000 cash bond, according to officials.

The female victim was found in a bedroom with various items typically used in commercial sex trade, according to DSP.

“Through the investigation, it was determined that the female victim was transported to the Garden Circle location from outside of Delaware and was confined to a bedroom where she was forced to perform illicit acts with men visiting the home,” DSP alleged. She is determined to be from the Domincan Republic.

Investigation was carried out by the Human Trafficking Task Force, comprised of the Delaware State Police, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Delaware Department of Justice.

Anyone who may have information regarding other individuals or details of this investigation are asked to contact Det. J. Rowley at (302) 752-3801. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity is encouraged to call 9-1-1, so police can check it out.

Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit found temporary lodging for the female victim.

“To protect the integrity of the investigation, information regarding the circumstances surrounding how the female became involved in the operation is being withheld,” according to DSP.

The DSP Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center offers support and resources 24 hours a to any victim or witness of crime, or to those who lost a loved one to a sudden death and need assistance. People may call 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461), visit the website at http://dsp.delaware.gov/victim_services.shtml or email the unit director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

Public Information Officer Sgt. Richard D. Bratz would not provide statistics about human trafficking arrests in Delaware, but he suggested a Facebook search of past crimes. This revealed that three men were arrested in eastern Sussex County for alleged prostitution rings in August and September of 2016. Arrest charges included human trafficking – sexual servitude.

Another Delaware report suggested that one violent crime occurs every 90 minutes, including homicide, human trafficking, kidnap and abduction, forcible sex offense, robbery or aggravated assault.

Crimes like human trafficking or prostitution do not currently appear on DSP’s new crime mapping tool (online at dsp.delaware.gov and click “Crime”). People can search by geographic area, time range and crime. Bratz said such an addition could be considered in the future, but that would be the decision of multiple individuals.