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Pair Charged With Human Trafficking in Sussex County

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Rashawn B. Davis and George L. Dunn Rashawn B. Davis and George L. Dunn

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- Authorities say an eight-month investigation into a human trafficking ring operation in Sussex County has led to the arrests of two men. 

Delaware State Police said the investigation, which included the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Ocean City (Md.) Police Department, concluded Friday. Aug. 19.

DSP said that beginning in December 2015, investigators received information that 24-year-old Rashawn B. Davis, of Millsboro, was running a prostitution ring out of numerous motels. Troopers then launched an investigation into the illegal activities and known associates of Davis, according to police. Troopers said that over the course of several month,  persons connected with Davis were contacted several times at local motel rooms in eastern Sussex County.

In April 2016, DSP and agents from the Homeland Security Investigations, with the help of the OCPD, led an investigation into Davis' activities. Investigators said it was then that they discovered Davis had recruited 24-year-old George L. Dunn, of Georgetown, and showed him how to operate another prostitution ring.

Police said that over the course of the investigation detectives were able to identify more than eight females who were current or former victims of Davis and Dunn. The investigation also revealed that Davis and Dunn were business associates who operated jointly and independently, police said. 

Authorities said that through interviews detectives learned that Davis had been operating prostitution rings out of local motels since the fall of 2015. Police said Dunn and Davis used coercion, verbal abuse and the withholding of heroin to control the behavior of the victims.  

According to investigators, Dunn and Davis posted advertisements utilizing the website http://www.backpage.com.  Dunn and Davis negotiated with potential clients and set all prices, police said. Investigators said all proceeds from prostitution activities went back to Dunn and Davis. Police said the female victims involved were only provided with minimal amounts of heroin, and basic items like fast food and clothing.

Police said that as the result of the investigation, Davis was also charged with an unrelated home invasion that occurred on Jan. 4, 2016 on Carriage Lane in Rehoboth Beach. During this incident two masked suspects armed with a handgun had forced their way into a home, and forcibly removed items from a 42-year-old man, investigators said. 

On Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, Dunn turned himself in to troopers and was charged with three counts of human trafficking-sexual servitude and one count of second-degree conspiracy before being ordered held in default of $10,000 secured bond.

On Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, Davis was arrested and charged with two counts of human trafficking-sexual servitude, two counts of second-degree conspiracy, one count of first-degree robbery, one count of home invasion and one count of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony.

Davis was ordered held in default of $147,000 secured bond. Additional human trafficking charges against Davis are to be added by indictment, police said. 

Victims or persons with information regarding the activities of Dunn or Davis are asked to contact Detective J. Rowley at (302) 752-3801 or Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit at (302) 856-5850. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) 

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