2 Lewes residents indicted on charges of running human trafficking enterprise

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A Delaware man and woman have been charged with sex trafficking and labor trafficking of 13 victims.

Clifton H. Gibbs, 66, and Brooke D. Waters, 44, of Lewes, are accused of recruiting, harboring, transporting and compelling nine victims to engage in commercial sex acts.

They were indicted by a federal grand jury in Delaware, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Delaware reported.

The indictment also alleges that Gibbs and Waters profited from the labor and services of six victims under the threat of suffering serious harm if they did not comply. Finally, the indictment alleges that Gibbs and Waters transported three victims across state lines for the purpose of criminal sexual activity.

The sex trafficking charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment. The forced labor charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The interstate transportation for the purposes of criminal sexual activity charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.