Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele has announced the arrest of Cornell Scott-Milbourne, 25, of Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania., on numerous charges related to forcing women to engage in sex for his financial gain, as well as aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault, and other charges.
The investigation began on May 10th after Montgomery County Detectives received a tip that there may be prostitution activity occurring in two rooms at the Hampton Inn on Chemical Road in Plymouth Meeting.
The investigation found that the phone number used to book the rooms was the same as one being used online in advertisements offering sexual services. A detective responded to the ad by calling the number and was told the prices for various sexual services and a search warrant was served on the two rooms. Found staying in the two rooms were two men, three women, and a baby.
One of the women gave a statement to detectives, detailing being held captive in the hotel room, given drugs, and being forced to have sex for money with unknown men, but she did not keep any of the money, which went to the defendant. Detectives found more than $3,000 cash on the defendant at the time of his arrest.
“This human trafficking arrest is the first arrest by the new Special Victims Unit of our Detective Bureau but it won’t be the last,” said District Attorney Steele. “Human trafficking is abhorrent and needs to be stopped.”
Scott-Milbourne was arrested and charged with five first-degree felony counts of Human Trafficking—Involuntary Servitude, Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child, Sexual Assault, multiple counts of Promoting Prostitution, Living Off Prostitutes, and other charges.
He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Deborah A. Lukens, who set bail at $1 million cash. The defendant was unable to make bail and was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
Scott-Milbourne has a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 25th at 9:00 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Francis J. Barnhardt III.