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August 2014

8/29/2014

Governor Signs DA-Sponsored Human-Trafficking Bill

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CBS LA

August 26, 2014
Governor Signs DA-Sponsored Human-Trafficking Bill

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A human-trafficking bill recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will streamline prosecutions, save taxpayer dollars and reduce trauma to victims appearing in court, officials said.

According to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Senate Bill 939 will allow prosecutors to file multiple charges during a single trial against defendants who have committed human trafficking-related offenses across the state of California.

“SB 939 will be a tremendous asset to prosecutors statewide and make it easier and more efficient to prosecute these types of cases,” Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach said.

As the law stands now, victims of human trafficking must travel to varying counties where they were exploited to testify against traffickers in separate trials. The new law will eliminate multiple trials in different jurisdictions.

“Human trafficking is ... [more]

8/12/2014

Long Beach men found guilty of human trafficking,

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Press Telegram

August 11, 2014
Long Beach men found guilty of human trafficking, pimping

Long Beach >> A jury has found two Long Beach men guilty of human trafficking and pimping two women and a teenager over several months, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.

The Long Beach Superior Court jury deliberated less than two hours Friday before finding Lebrette Stacey Winn, 23, guilty of two counts of pimping, two counts of pandering by procuring, and one count each of human trafficking to commit another crime, sodomy by use of force, forcible rape, aggravated mayhem and kidnapping, Deputy District Attorney Lee Ashley Cernok said Monday.

Winn's co-defendant, Eric James Avery, 25, was convicted of two felony counts: pimping a minor 16 years of age or older and human trafficking of a minor for a sex act.

Jurors also found true allegations that Avery was a member of the Long Beach Baby Insane Crip gang.

One of the victims, who was 20 at... [more]

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