No, today’s Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer news is not about Big Daddy Kane, but it is about pimping. More specifically, it’s about the harsh new penalties that can be imposed for pimping under California’s new human trafficking law. While, generally, being the first anything is often great, being the first accused pimp in Orange County to face these stricter prison sentences is probably not so great!
According to The Orange County Register, this is exactly what is happening to a 33-year old man who was charged yesterday by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office with trafficking of a minor, pimping a minor and rape for allegedly forcing a 14-year-old girl into prostitution. Prosecutors allege that the man, along with one of his prostitutes who was also charged, befriended the 14-year-old runaway in another state with the intention of forcing her into prostitution to make money for him. The man was arrested after being stopped by police in Garden Grove for a broken taillight. Police became suspicious after seeing the your girl in the car which was driving in an area known for prostitution. Police were able to identify the girl as a missing person and took her into protective custody.
If convicted, the accused pimp faces a maximum sentence of 28 years to life in prison under the new sentencing enhancement for prior convictions and due to the age of the girl. In November, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 35 which increases penalties for human trafficking. Those accused of trafficking a minor by means of force or fear now face 15 years to life in prison whereas, previously, the maximum sentence for the same offense would have been eight years in prison.
Like Big Daddy Kane said, “…Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy!”