Orange County prosecutors have notched their first human-trafficking conviction under California's Proposition 35. Mark Wesley Anderson, 27, of Seattle, was sentenced to eight years in prison for his guilty pleas to felony charges of human trafficking and possession of Ecstasy with intent to sell.
Anderson's co-defendant Jaelessa Jaemika Smith, 25, of Salem, Oregon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pimp. Smith was sentenced to four years in state prison, but it was suspended pending completion of three years formal probation. The case against Smith alleged she told the 30-year-old how much she must charge for various sex acts, denied her food and sleep if she did not return with enough money and forbid her from using the bathroom unless Anderson did first. Smith was also alleged to have hit the woman and taken and sold her food stamps as part of enforcing the rules.
Between March 25-27, the woman was brought by Smith and Anderson to Orange County, where she was forced to walk the streets. Anderson also posted personal ads for her services. She eventually managed to break away and call a relative, who contacted the Anaheim Police, which lead to the arrest of Anderson and Smith.
If you, or someone you know has been charged with human trafficking,
Sexual Assault, Pimping, conspiracy to commit pimping, or any other Sex Crime, contact
Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, Robert M. Bernstein, for a free consultation today.