Troopers: Woman Kidnapped, Forced Into Prostitution, Four Charged

Laurel– The Delaware State Police in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations have arrested four suspects in connection with a human trafficking case, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the investigation began on Wednesday, October 30, 2018, when Troopers were dispatched to the Relax Inn located at 30702 Sussex Highway at approximately 8:28 a.m., for a report of a female who was being held against her will and forced to perform sex acts on people. Upon arrival, Troopers located a 22-year-old female victim from Maryland. It was learned that the victim had been taken back and forth between Delaware and Maryland against her will and forced to perform commercial sex acts on multiple people in exchange for compensation.

Three suspects were initially taken into custody at the Relax Inn without incident, 25-year-old David B. Goodwin of Federalsburg, MD, 27-year-old Kevonne L. Murphy of Federalsburg, MD, and 38-year-old Lakeya N. Aldridge of Federalsburg, MD.

Through investigative measures, a fourth suspect was identified as 30-year-old Joshua Lankford of Federalsburg, MD.

All four suspects were charged with the following:

Kidnapping First Degree
Human Trafficking – Sexual Servitude
Trafficking an Individual
Conspiracy Second Degree
Goodwin, Murphy, and Aldridge were transported back to Troop 4 and arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3. Goodwin and Murphy were committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $100,000.00 cash only bond. Aldridge was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $102,000.00 cash only bond.

On November 2, 2018, Lankford was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Task Force at a residence in the 3000 block of Holland Drive, Federalsburg, MD without incident. He was extradited back to Delaware where he was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $102,000.00 cash only bond.

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