The following information was released by the Orange County District Attorney.
A man and two women have been charged with the human trafficking and pimping of a 16-year-old girl in Orange County. Keon Nunnelly, 29, Sharon Vanessa King, 30, and Kia Maria Moore, 27, all of Sacramento, are each charged with one felony count each of human trafficking, using a minor for commercial sex acts, pimping a minor, and pandering a minor under 16 years old by procuring. Nunnelly also faces two additional felony counts of pimping, two felony counts of pandering, and one felony count of attempted pimping with sentencing enhancements for a prior strike conviction for assault with a firearm in 2004 and a prior conviction for which he served a prison term of one year or more for possession of marijuana for sale in 2009. Moore faces one additional felony count of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted on all counts, Nunnelly faces a maximum sentence of 35 years and four months in state prison, King faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison, and Moore faces a maximum sentence of 14 years and eight months in state prison.
The People will be requesting Nunnelly be held on $500,000 bail and King and Moore be held on $250,000 bail at their arraignment today, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
Circumstances of the case
Nunnelly, King, and Moore are accused of being pimps/human traffickers who exploited a child for financial gain.
Nunnelly, King, and Moore are accused of meeting 16-year-old Jane Doe in Northern California and bringing her to Orange County in order to make her work as a prostitute. King, Moore, and Jane Doe engaged in acts of prostitution and Nunnelly is accused of collecting all of the money paid to them for sex acts.
The three defendants are accused of posting multiple sexually explicit advertisements for prostitution online, including at least one depicting naked and sexually explicit pictures of the underage victim. The defendants are accused of pimping Jane Doe for several months and Nunnelly is accused of collecting tens of thousands of dollars from her during that time that she received from men for sex acts.
On June 17, 2013, King is accused of entering into an agreement to perform sex acts in exchange for money with an undercover officer from the Anaheim Police Department (APD). Nunnelly is accused of subsequently being identified as King’s pimp and arrested him nearby in a traffic stop. The officers arrested Moore and King in and around a motel being used by the defendants for pimping and prostitution and Moore is accused of being in possession of cocaine in her purse.
The officers located Jane Doe inside the motel room and identified her as a 16-year-old girl.
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.
Under the law, human trafficking is described as depriving or violating the personal liberty of another person with the intent to effect a violation of pimping or pandering. Pimping is described as knowingly deriving financial support in whole or in part from the proceeds of prostitution. Pandering is the act of persuading or procuring an individual to become a prostitute, or procuring and/or arranging for a person work in a house of prostitution. Deprivation or violation of the personal liberty of another includes substantial and sustained restriction of another’s liberty accomplished through force, fear, fraud, deceit, coercion, violence, duress, menace, or threat of unlawful injury to the victim or to another person, under circumstances where the person receiving or apprehending the threat reasonably believes that it is likely to be carried out.
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 and send a message to human traffickers that this crime cannot be perpetrated without suffering severe consequences.
This case was investigated by APD and Deputy District Attorney Daniel Varon of the HEAT Unit is prosecuting this case.
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