|For Immediate Release
Case # 13WM09204
13WM09525 October 4, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
TWO MEN CONVICTED FOR APPROACHING WOMEN TO ENGAGE IN COMMERCIAL SEX
WESTMINSTER – Two men were convicted and sentenced yesterday, Oct. 3, 2013, for approaching women to engage in commercial sex. Adam Cisneros, 33, and Oulayvanh Khitthiphong, 34, both from Garden Grove, pleaded guilty yesterday to one misdemeanor count of loitering with intent to commit prostitution. Both defendants were sentenced to three years of informal probation, 10-20 days in jail with the possibility of CalTrans in lieu of jail, and must submit to AIDS testing and education. Khitthiphong must also make a donation to the Victim/Witness Emergency Fund.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on July 21, 2013, Khitthiphong drove up to a woman standing behind a bus bench on the corner of Beach Boulevard and Main Street in Stanton. Khitthiphong spoke briefly with the woman through his passenger side window before she entered the defendant’s car. An undercover Orange County Sherriff’s Department (OCSD) deputy observed the interaction and arrested Khitthiphong for loitering with intent to engage in commercial sex with the woman.
At approximately 7:50 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2013, Cisneros drove up to a woman standing on the street corner of Beach Boulevard and Chapman Avenue in Stanton. Cisneros spoke briefly with the woman through his passenger side window before she entered the defendant’s truck. An undercover patrolling deputy from OCSD stopped the truck and made contact with the individuals. An undercover OCSD deputy observed the interaction and arrested Cisneros for loitering with intent to engage in commercial sex with the woman.
This case was prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Human Exploitation And Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, which targets perpetrators who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage girls for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers. Commercial sex trafficking is the second most lucrative criminal enterprise behind narcotics trafficking. Often the perpetrators are gang members and/or career criminals.
The HEAT Unit also targets defendants who create a demand for prostitution by soliciting and purchasing sex, which increases the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children. The HEAT Unit uses a tactical plan called PERP: Prosecution of human trafficking perpetrators and sex purchasers; Education for law enforcement to properly handle human trafficking and pandering cases; Resources to raise public awareness and provide assistance to the victims; and Publicity to inform the community about the problem and notify human traffickers and sex purchasers that this crime cannot be perpetrated without suffering severe consequences.