Female victim from Dominican Republic

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 have arrested a Georgetown man in connection with human trafficking.

On Thursday, April 6, 55-year-old Jorge Arcinieja was arrested after a lengthy investigation into an alleged prostitution operation being conducted out of a mobile home located at 36 Garden Circle in the County Seat Mobile Home Park. Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant on the residence after observing numerous vehicles and men frequenting the home for short periods of time before leaving. When detectives and investigators entered the house, Arcinieja attempted to flee out the rear door but was taken into custody without further incident.

A 25-year-old female, who was determined to be from the Dominican Republic, was located in a bedroom, along with various items used in the commercial sex trade. An investigation 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. Temporary lodging was established for her by the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit. To protect the integrity of the investigation, information regarding the circumstances surrounding how she became involved in the operation is being withheld.

Arcinieja was charged with human trafficking - sexual servitude, trafficking an individual and second-degree conspiracy. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $250,000 cash bond.

Investigators are attempting to identify additional individuals involved in the operation.  Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective J. Rowley at 302-752-3801. 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) using the keyword “DSP.”

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1-800 VICTIM-1 (1-800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.