SEX TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN STATE PRISON FOR PANDERING MINOR AND WOMAN AND COLLECTING THEIR PROCEEDS EARNED FROM COMMERCIAL SEX

For Immediate Release
Case # 13NF2861






March 6, 2014

Susan Kang Schroeder
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SEX TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN STATE PRISON FOR PANDERING MINOR AND WOMAN AND COLLECTING THEIR PROCEEDS EARNED FROM COMMERCIAL SEX

 

SANTA ANA – A pimp was sentenced today to six years and four months in state prison for trafficking a minor and woman and collecting their proceeds earned through commercial sex. Lavarr Omar Lewis, 26, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of human trafficking and one felony count of pandering.

 

Circumstances of the Case

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

 

Lewis met 17-year-old Jane Doe #1 in Northern California and recruited her to perform commercial sex and collected the money she earned from performing illegal sex acts. Lewis then met Jane Doe #2 in Oakland, in an area known for prostitution, and recruited her to perform commercial sex and collected the money she earned from performing illegal sex acts.

 

Between Aug. 1, 2013, and Aug. 20, 2013, Lewis trafficked Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 to Orange County and had them perform commercial sex acts. An Anaheim Police Department (APD) officer encountered Jane Doe #1 in an area known for prostitution and was able to link her to the defendant through further investigation.

 

This case was investigated by APD and 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 prov