A Lewes man and woman have been federally indicted with charges claiming that for about six years, they trafficked 13 people for sex and labor, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Clifton H. Gibbs, 66, and 44-year-old Brooke D. Waters, both of Lewes, recruited, harbored, transported and compelled nine victims to engage in commercial sex acts under the threat that they would suffer serious harm if they did not comply, said Kim Reeves, a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney for Delaware.
The indictment also said the pair, from 2016 through 2020, obtained labor and services from six victims under the threat of suffering serious harm if they did not comply, as well as took three victims across state lines for the purpose of sex.
The Justice Department said the incidents occurred from 2014 through 2020.
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Anyone who believes that they may have been a victim of this case or may have relevant information to share is asked to call the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations tip line at (866) DHS-2423 (347-2423).
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