Drexel Hill man charged with human trafficking

Posted: June 09, 2014

A Drexel Hill man has been charged with one count of rape, one count of human trafficking, and other violations in a case authorities said could be "a human-trafficking enterprise."

Kevin Cornish, 42, was arrested Friday after he allegedly tricked an 18-year-old woman into filling out an application for an escort service. She helped authorities find the apartment where he had taken her, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood said Saturday.

The woman, who lives in Philadelphia, was looking for job possibilities online on Craigslist, Chitwood said, when she came across an ad seeking home-health workers. The job actually was for an escort service, which the woman learned when she was filling out an application. When the woman protested, Cornish allegedly forced her to take off her clothes, took photos of her, and then raped her.

When the woman got home, she recounted the assault for relatives, who called police. In a search of Cornish's home office, police found a computer that had escort-service applications filled out by about 50 other women, Chitwood said.

Because of the force used with the 18-year-old, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office charged Cornish with trafficking of persons, Chitwood said. The other women who filled out applications will be contacted, he said.

Cornish is being held at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton.


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