DOVER, Del. - Delaware State Police say five people were arrested Friday on human trafficking charges related to the prostitution of minors in Dover.
Officials say the investigation began on May 8th when the foster parent of a missing 16-year-old girl alerted authorities that they believed the girl was being prostituted through advertisements on Backpage.com. Detectives say they found a listing on the website with photos matching the missing girl. Police learned that the phone numbers posted on the advertisement were linked to 18-year-old Jason Haith, of Dover, and Jessica A. Hutkin, 34, of Smyrna, officials said.
On May 19th, members of the Delaware State Police Criminal Investigation Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Wilmington office and the Delaware Department of Justice initiated a joint operation. Officials say investigators called the phone number listed on the Backpage ad and arranged for a meeting with the girl at a motel in south Dover.
At around 1:40 PM, a white 2017 Hyundai Sonata with New York plates arrived at the motel and dropped off the 16-year-old girl, police said. The Hyundai left the motel and troopers immediately pulled it over, arresting Jason Haith, Jessica Hutkin and 19-year-old Austin White, of Smyrna.
Police also learned that the Hyundai had been reported stolen in Philadelphia.
Authorities later learned of two others believed to be involved in the case, 32-year-old Donnell Singletary and 34-year-old Taliesha Haith, who were both arrested at Jason Haith's residence in Dover.
Police contend that the suspects used each other's cell phones to arrange prostitution activities for the 16-year-old girl, along with another 17-year-old victim. The victims were both advertised on Backpage.com, police said.
Jason Haith and Jessica Hutkin are both charged with sexual servitude human trafficking, promoting prostitution, receiving stolen property and second degree conspiracy. Each received a secured bond of $34,000.
Taliesha Haith, Donnell Singletary and Austin White are charged with sexual servitude human trafficking, promoting prostitution and second degree conspiracy. Each received a secured bond of $32,000.
Anyone who has more information on these suspects' activities is encouraged to call Detective Weinsetin at 302-698-8443 or the DSP Troop 3 Major Crimes Unit at 302-698-8434.
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