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A growing number of convicted traffickers are receiving stricter sentences after the passage of Proposition 35. We will keep you updated on those who are arrested, convicted and sentenced on trafficking-related charges. Check back for more updates.

Prop 35 Proponents Call 9th Circuit Court Ruling a Disappointment

Nov. 19, 2014
SACRAMENTO, CA

Proponents of Prop 35 released the following statements on a recent decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Doe vs. Harris. The Courts of Appeals issued an affirmation of the earlier district court’s preliminary injunction of one provision of Prop 35. This provision requires that convicted sex offenders provide Internet identifiers to law enforcement.

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Palmdale pimp sentenced for human trafficking

Oct. 18, 2014
PALMDALE, CA

A Palmdale pimp was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to human trafficking and a number of related crimes, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

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Man sentenced in attempted human trafficking case on Facebook

Oct. 18, 2014
SAN DIEGO, CA

A San Diego man was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison in a case of human trafficking on Facebook after he tried to offer up the sexual services of a person he thought was a girl but who turned out to be an undercover police officer, prosecutors said.

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Chicago man pleads guilty in Sacramento sex trafficking case

July 24, 2014
SACRAMENTO, CA

A Chicago pimp, Marquist Bradford, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to sex trafficking children by force. Bradford recruited a 15 year old girl to travel from Fresno, CA and Sacramento,CA where he used her as a part of his prostitution business. Bradford remains in custody and is to be sentenced later this year in October.

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State takes first steps to help sex trafficking victims

June 28, 2014
SACRAMENTO, CA

In accordance with Prop. 35, the 2014-15 state budget includes key policy and funding provisions that bring hope for children who have been sex trafficked and a path toward addressing this crisis.This will enable county agencies, including child welfare and law enforcement, to immediately start working together to ensure child victims receive services they need to overcome their trauma.

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Man sentenced for forcing 14-year-old girl into prostitution

May 17, 2014
SANTA ANA, CA

A pimp was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison for bringing a 14-year-old Arizona girl to Orange County and forcing her to work as a prostitute.  Garcia’s case was the first filed in Orange County under Proposition 35, a 2012 ballot initiative that increased penalties for human trafficking.

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Monterey police: 2 human sex traffickers arrested after victim escapes motel

May 9, 2014
MONTEREY, CA

A 21-year-old woman escaped from a Monterey hotel early Thursday morning and told police she was a victim of human trafficking. Deandre Johnsonwalters was booked at the Monterey City Jail on the charges of pimping and pandering, domestic violence, kidnapping, false imprisonment, conspiracy and human trafficking. Saraia Johnson was booked on the charge of pimping and pandering, conspiracy and human trafficking.

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Guilty verdict in Kern’s first human trafficking case under Prop. 35

August 23, 2013
BAKERSFIELD, CA

Kern County Superior Court jurors convicted Jerome Henderson of attempting to violate someone’s personal liberty for the purpose of prostitution, and of trying to persuade someone younger than 18 to become a prostitute.

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Alleged Saudi princess human trafficking case highlights issue of forced labor of domestic servants

July 12, 2013
ORANGE COUNTY

This case is the first forced labor case the Orange County District Attorney’s office is trying under the stiffer human trafficking state law, Proposition 35, that went into effect in January.  Meshael Alayban posted bail Thursday after appearing in court to face the felony charge and was released from county jail.

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Pimp sentenced in O.C.’s first conviction under Proposition 35

June 13, 2013
FULLERTON, CA

Mark Wesley Anderson & Jaeleesa Jaemilea Smith both pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to bringing a woman from another state to Orange County under false pretenses and forcing her into prostitution.  The case against Anderson is the first in Orange County against a human trafficker to be resolved under Prop 35.

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OC DA: Teen’s pimp is first charged under Prop 35

March 28, 2013
WESTMINSTER, CA

A man is charged with forcing a 14-year-old girl into prostitution in the first case brought under California’s Prop 35. Chuncey Garcia, 33, was charged with forcible human trafficking under Proposition 35.

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