PLYMOUTH – A Delaware County man faces human trafficking charges in Montgomery County Court after allegedly forcing women to have sex for his financial gain at a Plymouth hotel.
Cornell Jamar Scott-Milbourne, 25, of the 1200 block of East 9th Street, in the Crum Lynne section of Ridley Township, has been ordered to stand trial, after a preliminary hearing before District Court Judge Francis J. Bernhardt III, on charges of involuntary servitude, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault, indecent assault, promotion of prostitution and the life of prostitutes in connection with the alleged incidents that occurred between May 1 and May 12.
Scott-Milbourne remains in county jail in lieu of a $ 500,000 cash bond pending his next court appearance, a formal arraignment hearing on charges in county court. A judge will set a trial date after the arraignment hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Bridget Gallagher is continuing the case. Defense lawyer Stephen Dean Stewart Jr. represents Scott-Milbourne.
The investigation began on May 10 when county detectives received a tip from a concerned citizen who worked at the Hampton Inn on Chemical Road in Plymouth who suspected there might be prostitution activity in two rooms related to Scott-Milbourne, according to the arrest. affidavit filed by County Detective Michael Henricks.
A total of six people – two men, three women and a baby – were staying in the rooms, according to court documents. Scott-Milbourne rented the rooms on May 1 and extended the stay until at least May 12 and on two occasions extended the day-to-day room rental, detectives said.
“Rooms were never booked under someone else’s name,” said Henricks.
The ages of the women were not indicated in court documents.
The investigation determined that the phone number provided to the hotel when renting rooms was also used as a contact number in online advertisements offering sexual services. An undercover detective responded to the announcement by calling the number and received awards for various sexual services, according to the criminal complaint.
Armed with a search warrant, detectives went to the hotel’s two rooms on May 12.
A woman told detectives that she had sex with five clients that day for a total of $ 3,000 and that two other young women she worked with had sex with a total of nine men in this date, according to the criminal complaint.
“She said all the money she earns is donated to Cornell,” Henricks said. “(The victim) also stated that Cornell gives her ‘E-pills’ throughout the day and night to keep her relaxed so that she can continue to ‘work’, which means continuing to have sex for money. “
The victim also reportedly told detectives that Scott-Milbourne had had sexual contact with her on three occasions and that “she was too scared to tell him to stop”. The woman told detectives she had met Scott-Milbourne several months earlier while staying at another hotel and he asked her to take sexually suggestive photos.
The woman, according to court documents, told detectives that Scott-Milbourne had threatened her on several occasions and she described how he would take the girls shopping and buy things for them, including makeup and paying manicures.
As detectives questioned the woman, Scott-Milbourne returned to the hotel and he was taken into custody, court documents show. Court documents alleged that detectives also found Scott-Milbourne in possession of more than $ 3,000.