MAN CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PIMPING “MINOR” HE CONTACTED ON FACEBOOK

For Immediate Release
Case # 14NF1794






April 21, 2014

Susan Kang Schroeder
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MAN CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PIMPING “MINOR” HE CONTACTED ON FACEBOOK

*“Minor” was an undercover police officer

 

FULLERTON – A man faces charges of human trafficking and pimping a minor who was actually an undercover police officer on Facebook. Dwight Lamith Garris, 34, Palmdale, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor, pandering, and pimping of a minor. If convicted, Garris faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison. Garris is being held on $50,000 and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. He was charged and arraigned on Friday, April 18, 2014, and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing April 28, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.  

 

Circumstances of the Case

Garris is accused of being a pimp/modern-day slave owner who exploits women and/or children for financial gain.

 

Between April 8, 2014, and April 16, 2014, Garris is accused of befriending an undercover officer on Facebook, whom he believed to be a 17-year-old girl. The defendant is accused of attempting to recruit her to work for him as a prostitute and instructing her to recruit other sex workers for Garris.

 

On April 16, 2014, Anaheim Police Department (APD) investigators traveled to Los Angeles County and arrested Garris.

 

The case was investigated by APD. Deputy District Attorney Daniel Varon of the HEAT Unit is prosecuting 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 Exploit