|For Immediate Release
Case # 13NF3166
February 13, 2014
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
HUMAN TRAFFICKER SENTENCED FOR ASSAULTING WOMAN AND THREATENING TO KILL HER
FULLERTON – A human trafficker was sentenced for assaulting a woman who was working for him by selling sex to men for his profit and threatening to kill her. Carl Alexis Witten, 27, San Diego, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, to one felony count each of human trafficking, criminal threats, and domestic battery with corporal injury. He was sentenced to nine years and eight months in state prison stayed pending completion of five years formal probation, one year in jail, restitution, and completion of a batterers’ treatment program.
Circumstances of the Case
Witten is a pimp/human trafficker who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Victims are often required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp. Failure to follow these rules can result in physical and/or emotional abuse.
Between Jan. 1, 2013, and Sept. 9, 2013, Witten had 27-year-old Jane Doe work for him as a prostitute and collected the money she made from performing unlawful commercial sex acts. Witten threatened he would physically hurt Jane Doe if she did not give him the money.
On Sept. 9, 2013, Witten assaulted Jane Doe in an Anaheim hotel room, punched her, and then left the hotel. Witten then sent Jane Doe a text message threatening to kill her. Jane Doe contacted the Anaheim Police Department (APD), who arrested Witten.
This case was investigated by APD and Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben of the HEAT Unit prosecuted this case.
Proposition 35 and HEAT
In November 2012, California’s anti-human trafficking Proposition 35 (Prop 35) was enacted in California with 81 percent of the vote, and over 82 percent of the vote in Orange County, to increase the penalty for human trafficking, particularly in cases involving the trafficking of a minor by force.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Human Exploitation And Trafficking (HEAT) Unit targets perpetrators who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage girls for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers. The HEAT Unit uses a tactical plan called PERP: Prosecution, to bring justice for victims of human trafficking and hold perp