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Four charged with human trafficking in Laurel

November 2, 2018

Four Maryland residents face human trafficking charges after police say they held a woman against her will Oct. 30 at a Laurel motel.

Police went to the Relax Inn, 30702 Sussex Highway, at 8:28 a.m. after receiving a report that a woman was being held against her will and forced to perform sex acts on people, said Master Cpl Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. Police learned that a Maryland woman, 22, had been taken back and forth between Delaware and Maryland and forced to perform commercial sex acts on multiple people in exchange for compensation, Jaffe said.

All suspects are from Federalsburg, Md., Three were initially taken into custody at the Relax Inn without incident: David B. Goodwin, 25; Kevonne L. Murphy, 27; and Lakeya N. Aldridge, 38. On Nov. 2, police arrested Joshua Lankford, 30, at his home in Federalsburg.

All four were charged with first-degree kidnapping, human trafficking – sexual servitude, trafficking an individual and second-degree conspiracy.

Goodwin, Murphy, and Aldridge were transported back to Troop 4 and arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3. Goodwin and Murphy were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $100,000 cash-only bond. Aldridge was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in default of $102,000 cash only bond.

Lankford was extradited back to Delaware Nov. 2 where he was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $102,000 cash only bond.