|For Immediate Release
Case # 14NF0814
February 14, 2014
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WOMAN TO BE ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF PIMPING TWO WOMEN FROM BROTHEL SHE RAN FROM MOTEL
SANTA ANA – A woman will be arraigned today on charges of pimping two women from a brothel she ran out of a motel. Ramona Judith Mora Garcia, 41, Anaheim, is charged with two felony counts each of pimping and pandering and faces a maximum sentence of seven years and four months in state prison if convicted. The People will request the defendant be held on $100,000 bail at her arraignment today, Feb. 14, 2014, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
Circumstances of the Case
Garcia is accused of being a pimp/modern-day slave owner who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. She is accused of requiring the victims to turn over half the payment they received for performing unlawful sex acts from sex purchasers.
Between Oct. 1, 2013, and Feb. 12, 2014, Garcia is accused of recruiting 38-year-old Jane Doe #1 and 33-year-old Jane Doe #2 to work for her as prostitutes in a brothel she was operating out of an Anaheim motel. Garcia is accused of placing sexually suggestive advertisements in a Latino magazine and then setting up sex purchasers to meet with a Jane Doe for commercial sex. The defendant is accused of keeping half the payment Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 received.
This case was investigated by the Anaheim Police Department, who contacted Garcia through the magazine advertisement. Deputy District Attorney Bradley Schoenleben of the HEAT Unit is prosecuting 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 public an