FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2017
Case # 16CF3213
LOS ANGELES MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING, PIMPING, AND ASSAULTING VICTIM WITH SCREWDRIVER
*The defendant watched the victim’s baby as he made her meet with sex purchasers
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Los Angeles man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years and four months in state prison for trafficking, pimping, pandering, and assaulting a victim with a screwdriver.
Tyrone Jones, 37, Los Angeles
Circumstances of the Case
Jones is a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow including requiring victims to speak only when spoken to, address the pimp as “Sir” or “Daddy,” assigning seats in the car based on “rank,” and setting daily quotas that the victims are expected to fulfill. The 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 deprivation of food and/or physical and/or emotional abuse.
- Between April 2011 and December 2016, Jones pimped and pandered Jane Doe by posting advertisements on websites known for soliciting commercial sex.
- Between January 2013 and December 2016, the defendant trafficked Jane Doe in areas of Orange and Los Angeles County known for prostitution.
- Jones assaulted Jane Doe multiple times, including by attacking her with a screwdriver
- On Dec. 21, 2016, an Irvine Police Department (IPD) officer contacted the defendant during a routine traffic stop and later discovered Jane Doe in Jones’ motel room.
- Jane Doe had bruising and visible bite marks on her body when officers contacted her.
- At the time of his arrest, police found condoms, $472 in cash, and the victim’s baby in Jones’ possession.
Members of the OCHTTF and the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. This case was investigated by OCHTTF, a partnership between Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Costa Mesa Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, IPD, Newport Beach Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Ana Police Department, and community and non-profit partners.
Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben of the HEAT Unit prosecuted this case.
Proposition 35 and HEAT
To read more about California’s anti-human trafficking Proposition 35 and the OCDA’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, please visit www.orangecountyda.org and select Human Trafficking Information from the Media Center drop down menu.