TWO BAY AREA FELONS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR PANDERING WOMAN ON FOURTH OF JULY

October 14, 2016

Case # 16NF1942

TWO BAY AREA FELONS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR PANDERING WOMAN ON FOURTH OF JULY

FULLERTON, Calif. – Two Bay Area felons were sentenced to state prison for pandering a woman on Fourth of July. Jalil Qaalif Rollerson, 21, Oakland, pleaded guilty on Oct. 13, 2016, to one felony pandering and admitted to a prior felony conviction for burglary in 2013 in Alameda. Rollerson was sentenced to four years in state prison. Co-defendant Austin Jerome Woods, 23, Oakland, pleaded guilty on Aug. 31, 2016, to one felony count of pandering and admitted to a prior felony conviction for robbery in 2010 in Alameda. Woods was sentenced to six years in state prison.

Circumstances of the Case

Prior to July 4, 2016, Rollerson drove a van with Woods and Jane Doe from Northern California to Orange County. Both defendants arrived in Orange County with intent to have the victim engage in commercial sex.

On July 4, 2016, Rollerson rented a motel room in Anaheim for Jane Doe to use for commercial sex with potential sex purchasers. Rollerson drove the victim to an area known for prostitution and human trafficking in Anaheim.

Later that evening, Rollerson drove Woods and the victim to an area known for prostitution and human trafficking in Santa Ana. During the trip, Woods confronted Jane Doe about not making enough money from a sex purchaser. Rollerson stopped the van on the freeway as Jane Doe got out of the vehicle. A member of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) made contact with the victim and arrested the defendants.

Members of the OCHTTF and the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. This case was investigated by OCHTTF, a partnership between Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Costa Mesa Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Huntington Beach Police Department, Irvine Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Ana Police Department, and community and non-profit partners.

Deputy District Attorney Daniel Varon of the HEAT Unit prosecuted this case.

Proposition 35 and HEAT

To read more about California’s anti-human trafficking Proposition 35 (Prop 35) and the OCDA’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, please visit www.orangecountyda.org and select Human Trafficking Information from the Media Center drop down menu.