PIMP SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR PIMPING AND PANDERING WOMAN HE MET THROUGH INTERNET CHAT SITE

For Immediate Release
Case # 13NF0278
            





September 13, 2013

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PIMP SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR PIMPING AND PANDERING WOMAN HE MET THROUGH INTERNET CHAT SITE


SANTA ANA – A pimp was sentenced to four years in state prison yesterday for pimping and pandering a woman he met through an Internet chat site. Dandre Darnell Atkinson, 27, Lakewood, pleaded guilty yesterday, Sept. 12, 2013, to a court offer of one felony count each of pimping and pandering by procuring. Atkinson has a prior prison conviction for an armed robbery in Los Angeles County in 2006.

 

Atkinson is a pimp who exploits women for financial gain. The victims are required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp.

 

In November 2012, Atkinson contacted 24-year-old Jane Doe through an Internet chat site and persuaded her to provide commercial sex for his financial benefit.

 

On Jan. 15, 2013, Atkinson placed an advertisement on a website known for prostitution offering commercial sex acts with Jane Doe. On Jan. 21, 2013, an undercover operation was conducted by the Anaheim Police Department (APD) and officers contacted and identified Jane Doe. Atkinson waited in a nearby car with Jane Doe’s 3-year-old son with the expectation that Jane Doe was engaging in commercial sex acts.

 

APD officers arrested Atkinson at the scene in the waiting vehicle.

 

APD investigated this case. Deputy District Attorney Bradley Schoenleben 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.

 

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 p