A pimp was convicted and another sentenced for human trafficking in Santa Ana, California.
Further proof that there is a sex trafficking problem in the United States.
This isn’t just a Developing World problem, this is simply a worldwide problem that we’re facing:
“Dominique Legrand Lewis, 22, of San Diego, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to one felony count of human trafficking of a minor, pimping a minor and pimping an adult, with a sentencing enhancement for having already had a strike against him for a 2012 residential burglary.”
“A jury convicted Tavaris Daniels Mims, 33 of Anaheim, of one felony count of human trafficking, pimping, pandering, aggravated assault, criminal threats, dissuading a witness by force or threat, and street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for the use of a knife and criminal street gang activity.”
You can see that there was other criminal activity going on other than prostitution and sex trafficking. Moreover, I wonder how many men paid to have sex with these girls who should also be found guilty of their crimes, and not just these two men.
Using this case as an example, you can better understand the death grip that trafficking has on these girls and why it can be so difficult to rescue them. In essence, these girls must be rescued from themselves.
As you read this story, you learn that the trafficked prostitution victims were involved in a seemingly romantic relationship. It is after being in these romantic relationships that these young women find themselves trapped into forced prostitution—aka: sex trafficking.
I am sure that this pimp’s “customers” thought their “product” was more than a willing participant. An “empowered” women, even.
The truth of the matter, however, is that she was not. She was manipulated and coerced.
One of the reasons sex trafficking is so difficult to fight, is that it is not only complicated to repel, but it is deceptive by nature.