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Wilmington Man Arrested for Human Trafficking in Rehoboth Beach

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(Marcus Smith; Photo credit: Delaware State Police) (Marcus Smith; Photo credit: Delaware State Police)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. -- Delaware State Police say in collaboration with the Human Trafficking Task Force, Delaware Department of Justice and Homeland Security Investigators, a Wilmington man has been arrested in connection with a human trafficking ring in Rehoboth.

Police say on Friday, September 2nd, DSPD troops received information that Marcus Smith, 32 of Wilmington, was running a prostitution ring out of a Rehoboth area motel. Detectives and Special Agents with Homeland Security began searching hotel surveillance footage, in addition to communicating with a phone number associated with prostitution advertisements posted on www.backpage.com.

On Saturday, as Smith and two females exited the hotel, police say troopers and task force members conducted a traffic stop on Smith's vehicle and took him into custody. A search of the suspect revealed over $1,400 in suspected prostitution proceeds. Police report Smith and the two female victims, along with Smith's 6-month-old daughter, were transported to Troop 7 in Lewes.

Delaware State Police say Smith was charged with two counts of human trafficking, sexual servitude, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $105,000 bond. The two female victims were reported as obtaining temporary lodging by the DSPD Victim Services Unit; Family Services turned over the custody of the 6-month-old girl to a relative.

Victims or persons with information regarding Smith's activities are asked to contact Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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