PIMP CONVICTED OF HAVING WOMAN PERFORM COMMERCIAL SEX ACTS AFTER MEETING VICTIM THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE

For Immediate Release
Case # 13CF3012
             





January 15, 2014

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PIMP CONVICTED OF HAVING WOMAN PERFORM COMMERCIAL SEX ACTS AFTER MEETING VICTIM THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE

 

SANTA ANA – A pimp was convicted and sentenced yesterday for having a woman perform commercial sex acts after meeting her through a social networking website. Christopher Dominic Harper, 28, Los Angeles, pleaded guilty yesterday, Jan. 14, 2014, to one felony count of conspiracy to commit pandering. He was sentenced to six years in state prison stayed pending completion of three years of formal probation, one year in jail, and restitution.

 

Circumstances of the Case

Harper is a pimp/modern-day slave owner 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 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 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.

 

In September 2013, Harper met 19-year-old Jane Doe through a social networking website and arranged to meet with her in person. After meeting her, Harper convinced the victim to perform commercial sex acts for money. He then set a daily quota for the victim and drove her to multiple locations in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties. Harper collected all of the proceeds earned by the victim from performing commercial sex acts.

 

On Sept. 23, 2013, Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) conducted a covert operation and arrested Harper.

 

This case was investigated by SAPD and Deputy District Attorney Daniel Varon 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.

 

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