Rashawn B. Davis and George L. Dunn allegedly controlled prostitutes using heroin.
Two local police agencies and federal immigration agents have busted a Sussex County sex trafficking ring.
The arrests of two men, Rashawn B. Davis, 24 of Millsboro, and George L. Dunn, 24, of Georgetown, conclude an eight-month investigation into human trafficking in the county, said Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz.
State Police worked with their counterparts in Ocean City and agents from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations office, Bratz said.
Beginning in December 2015, investigators learned Davis was running a prostitution ring out of numerous motels, Bratz said. Over several months, they contacted several people connected with Davis at motel rooms in eastern Sussex County.
State police, immigration agents and Ocean City police started their investigation in April, discovering Davis had allegedly recruited Davis to operate a separate prostitution ring.
Investigators identified more than eight women who Bratz described as current or former victims of the ring, which Davis had been operating at least since the fall of 2015.
Dunn and Davis allegedly withheld heroin from the women and used coercion and verbal abuse to control their behavior, and posted advertisements for the women on the backpage.com website, Bratz said. The two would negotiate with customers to set prices, and then would keep all the proceeds. The women only were provided minimal amounts of heroin and basic items such as clothing and food.
The investigation also implicated Davis in a Jan. 4, 2016, home invasion on Carriage Lane in Rehoboth Beach, Bratz said.
Dunn surrendered to state police on Aug. 12, and was charged with three counts of human trafficking/sexual servitude and second-degree conspiracy. He is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $10,000 secured bond.
Davis was arrested Aug. 18 and is charged with two counts of human trafficking/sexual servitude, two counts of second-degree conspiracy, first-degree robbery, home invasion and wearing a disguise during commission of a felony. Additional trafficking charges will be added by indictment, Bratz said.
Davis has been jailed at SCI on a $147,000 secured bond.
As the result of the investigation Rashawn B. Davis was also charged with an unrelated home invasion that occurred on January 4, 2016 in the Unit block of Carriage Lane in Rehoboth Beach. During this incident two masked suspects armed with a handgun had forced their way into a residence, and forcibly removed items from a 42 year old male victim. (Original press release attached)
Victims or persons with information on this case or on the activities of Davis or Dunn are asked to contact Det. Rowley at 302-752-3801 or the Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850. Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at tipsubmit.com, or by anonymous text to 274637 using keyword “DSP.”