|For Immediate Release
Case # 13NF2530 July 30, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
PIMP CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PANDERING TWO MINOR GIRLS AND ATTEMPTING TO PIMP A THIRD TEENAGE GIRL
FULLERTON – A pimp has been charged with human trafficking and pandering two minors and attempting to pimp a third teenage girl. Curtis Maurice Canady, 19, was charged yesterday, July 29, 2013, with two felony counts of human trafficking with the intent to pander, two felony counts of pandering a minor by procuring, and one felony count of attempted pimping. If convicted on all counts, Canady faces a maximum sentence of 15 years and four months in state prison. Canady is being held in custody on $75,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Aug. 6, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
Circumstances of the Case
Canady is accused of being a pimp/human trafficker who exploits women and children for financial gain. The victims are required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp.
Prior to July 25, 2013, the defendant is accused of driving 19-year-old Jane Doe #1, 16-year-old Jane Doe #2, and 15-year-old Jane Doe #3 to an area known for commercial sex on Beach Boulevard in Anaheim.
The defendant is accused of dropping off the victims and instructing them to engage in acts of commercial sex. Undercover officers of the Anaheim Police Department (APD) observed two of the victims and made contact with them at the scene. Canady was arrested on July 25, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Operation Cross Country, a large-scale human trafficking sweep.
This case was investigated by APD and the FBI. 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 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 perpetrators responsible using Prop 35; Education, to provide law enforcement training to properly handle human trafficking and pandering cases; Resources from public-private partnerships to raise public awareness about human trafficking and provide assistance to the victims; and Publicity, to inform the public and send a message to human traffickers that this crime cannot be perpetrated without suffering severe consequences.