For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
TWO PIMPS CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING 19-YEAR-OLD VICTIM WITH MENTAL IMPAIRMENT AFTER BEFRIENDING HER ON FACEBOOK
SANTA ANA – A female and male human trafficker have been charged with pimping a 19-year-old woman with a mental impairment after the female defendant befriended the victim on Facebook. Jasmine De Johnette Marshall Parker, 21, Ontario, and Frederick Victoralan Phillips, 25, Rialto, are each charged with one felony count each of human trafficking, pimping, and pandering, and face a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted. The People will be requesting the defendants be held on $250,000 bail each with a legal hold requiring the defendants to prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. Parker and Phillips are expected to be arraigned today, Monday, June 23, 2014, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
Circumstances of the Case
Parker and Phillips are accused of being human traffickers/pimps who exploit women and/or children for financial gain. With the rise in popularity of social media and ease of meeting people on the Internet, many pimps and human traffickers utilize a variety of social media to locate potential victims. The victims are often required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp.
Parker is accused of meeting Jane Doe, who has a mental impairment, on Facebook and engaging in an online friendship for approximately one year.
Parker is accused of meeting Jane Doe in person in May 2014 when the victim was 19 years old and introducing the victim to Phillips. The defendants are accused of driving Jane Doe to Anaheim and inducing the victim to engage in acts of prostitution for approximately one month by depriving her liberty through fraud, coercion and false promises.
The victim has a mental impairment, making her susceptible to false promises. The defendants are accused of taking advantage of Jane Doe’s impairment by promising to help her rent an apartment so she could live on her own, which was particularly important to the victim because she had never before been able to live on her own due to her impairment.
The defendants are accused of taking all of the money Jane Doe was paid for sex acts and using it for personal gain, including buying a car.