For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
PAROLEE SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ATTEMPTED PIMPING OF UNDERCOVER OFFICER, WHOM HE BELIEVED WAS A 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL ON FACEBOOK
*Defendant bragged about pimping on Facebook and Twitter
SANTA ANA – A Northern California man on parole for pimping in Orange County was sentenced today to seven years in state prison for attempted human trafficking and attempted pimping of an undercover police officer, whom he believed to be a 17-year-old girl, after befriending the “girl” on Facebook. Eric Dejuan McMillian, 33, Oakland, pleaded guilty May 13, 2014, to one felony count each of attempted human trafficking and attempted pimping.
McMillian is a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow including requiring victims to turn over payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp.
At the time of the crime, the defendant was on parole stemming from a 2012 pimping case in Orange County.
In October 2013, while living in Oakland, McMillian became “friends” on Facebook with an undercover Anaheim Police Department (APD) officer, whom he believed to be a 17-year-old girl in Orange County. The defendant persuaded and induced the “girl” to work for him as a prostitute. He exchanged detailed messages on Facebook and through texts instructing the minor female to perform sex acts for money, directed her to follow his instructions, and told her to send money to him in Oakland. McMillian directed the female to take a train from Orange County to Oakland to continue working for him.
During the course of these conversations, McMillian bragged about his pimping activities on Facebook and Twitter.
On Oct. 23, 2013, the Oakland Police Department assisted APD by locating and arresting the defendant. APD investigators went to Oakland to bring McMillian to Orange County to face charges. The defendant committed the crime of pimping in Orange County without ever physically entering the County.
APD and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force investigated this case. Deputy District Attorney Daniel Varon of the HEAT Unit prosecuted this case.