San Gabriel Woman Sentenced On Sex Crimes Charges
San Gabriel Woman Sentenced On Sex Crimes Charges
A Ventura judge sent a San Gabriel woman to prison for 11 years and fined her nearly $1M for human trafficking. In addition to a sex crimes charge, the woman also pleaded guilty to multiple other felony counts. They included pimping, money laundering, and a single count of filing a false tax return.

Defeng Hu, 33, acted as a dispatcher for a Ventura County human trafficking operation. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Backpage.com advertisement that featured photographs of a Chinese woman. The ad indicated that she offered “escort services” at a Camarillo hotel. In reality, the operation used 28 Chinese nationals who were seeking US residency.

Hu would respond to inquiries generated by the ad, and dispatch women to the hotel to meet customers. As part of the investigation, police obtained a search warrant for Hu’s residence. During the search, Hu attempted to flee with $24,000 in cash, a number of cell phones and business records. She jumped from a third-floor window and broke her ankle.

Police believe the ring generated as much as $50,000 in cash each month. It operated in Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Tulare counties. Four other defendants have pleaded guilty in connection with the operation. The other defendants face sentences of up to 13 years in prison and fines for participating in the scheme.

Ventura sex crimes lawyer


Sex crimes like human trafficking get a lot of attention from authorities. If you’re facing sex crimes charges of any kind, you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Helfend knows what it takes to defend his clients successfully in court. Many criminal defense lawyers don’t like to take sex crimes cases. The subject matter of the trial is sensitive. Judges and juries are often sympathetic to the victim. That can make challenging the evidence against the defendant difficult.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to prepare an effective defense. He also works hard to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped.

Don’t work with an inexperienced defense attorney, or one who doesn’t really want to take your case. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County sex crimes case.

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Ventura couple arrested for sex crimes
Ventura couple arrested for sex crimes
A Ventura couple was arrested and charged with sex crimes involving human trafficking. Asia Jones, 18, of Riverside and Percy Stanley, 27, of Arkansas, following reports of possible prostitution in Ventura.

A witness called police to report that a young woman had been dropped off in the neighborhood in a silver Mercedes Benz, following which the woman met up with an unknown Hispanic male. The witness then reported the couple having sex in a neighbor’s back yard. When the caller confronted the couple, both people ran away. Police found a female matching the description provided by the witness and determined that she had been reported missing from Riverside County.

Police also stopped a couple in Ventura because the woman matched the description provided by the witness, but discovered that although the stop was the result of mistaken identity, the couple was associated with the missing Riverside girl.

Upon further investigation, police found that all three people had been staying at a Ventura motel, and the Jones and Stanley had posted an advertisement for sex with the 16-year-old on the Internet. Police located the Mercedes Benz and found that it was registered to Stanley, along with evidence that suggested that Stanley and Jones were pimping the 16-year-old girl.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


Human trafficking and other sex crimes have gained attention from police and prosecutors in recent years. The Internet provides an easy way to arrange sex-for-hire, and determined prosecutors have stepped up their efforts to charge and convict persons involved in promoting the sex trade.

If you’ve been arrested for sex crimes, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Many criminal defense attorneys won’t take sex crimes cases, particularly ones that involve minors. But as a defendant, you’re entitled to representation. Your attorney must be aggressive, and dedicated to providing superior representation and counsel in court.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or on an attorney who is uncomfortable with providing defense counsel for individuals accused of sex crimes.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura sex crimes case.

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Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Two adults were arrested at a Camarillo motel after police acted on an anonymous tip regarding a 15-year-old girl. Police obtained a search warrant and raided the motel room, which had been rented by the couple. According to police, the couple was charged with sex crimes related to human trafficking, child pornography, forcing a minor to commit a commercial sex act and pimping.

Simi Valley resident Jessica Stanley, and Thousand Oaks resident Robert McGraa were charged after undercover police contacted Stanley through anonymous ads she had placed on an online escort site. While making arrangements to meet, police say that Stanley made an explicit offer of sexual services to be performed by the 15-year-old victim. Stanley told the undercover officer that he could meet the girl at the motel after she finished her school day. Stanley would not provide the room number, but said she would provide the information after the undercover officer arrived at the motel for the arranged meeting.

After the undercover officer made contact with Stanley at the motel and ascertained the girl’s room number, a team of officers served the search warrant and arrested Stanley and McGraa. The girl was not arrested, and was provided with victims’ services through the District Attorney’s Office and through Child Protective Services of Ventura County.

Stanley and McGraa face as many as 20 years in prison if convicted on human trafficking charges.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes convictions have long-lasting consequences. Most often, those convicted of sex crimes must register for life as sex offenders. That designation follows you wherever you go, even if you move out of state. Often, registered sex offenders cannot find gainful employment or suitable housing following their release from custody or supervision.

Having an experienced sex crimes attorney fighting for you in court is one of the smartest moves you can make if you’ve been arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offenses. Don’t risk your freedom and your future on an inexperienced sex crimes attorney.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura sex crimes case.

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8431438320_36759bc993_zA Long Beach man was sentenced to 21 years in prison after having been convicted of multiple felonies involving domestic violence , assault, human trafficking, pandering and pimping. Simi Valley police worked with multiple other agencies in Southern California to identify and arrest Andrew Jordan.

According to police and prosecutors, Jordan forced multiple women into prostitution. Jordan would take the women to areas known to be frequented by prostitutes and order them to provide sex acts in exchange for money. He required the women to earn a certain amount each day, and monitored the time they spent with clients, and the areas in which they worked. When the women did not comply or did not meet his demands, he would severely physically assault them.

Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic violence is normally thought of as a “family” crime, but you do not need to be related to a person to be charged with domestic assault. If you’ve been accused of domestic assault or spousal abuse, you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Domestic violence charges can be added to other felony counts against you in order to give prosecutors a chance to enhance the charges against you or extend a sentence, if you’re convicted. Since domestic violence is a “violent felony” prosecutors can also use it to trigger lifetime imprisonment under California’s Three Strikes Law, if you have prior felony convictions on your record.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.

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Sex crimes charges for VC human traffickers
Sex crimes charges for VC human traffickers
Authorities in Ventura County arrested three men and two women, from Covina, San Gabriel, Alhambra and Rosemead, and charged them with sex crimes following their investigation of a human trafficking ring that operated in nine California counties.

A combined task force of federal, state and local police agencies conducted a six-month investigation, including prostitution stings in Oxnard and other locations in Ventura County. Officers from the Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office responded to ads for sex on Backpage.com.

Following the arrests, investigators uncovered evidence of a much larger operation. The criminal enterprise operated much like a corporation, according to police. Those arrested organized meetings between women and clients responding to the advertisements, coordinated transportation and logistics, negotiated pricing and laundered the proceeds of the operation through as many as nine different banks.

The investigation also identified more than two-dozen women who spoke little or no English, and who had entered the country on legitimate visas. The women were kept at various motels, rarely leaving their rooms, and were forced to work throughout the day. The women were charged for the delivery of clients to their rooms, for the rooms themselves, the advertisements and for basic necessities like food.

Upon the arrest of the five suspects, police seized about $350,000 in cash, nearly $750,000 in bank accounts belonging to the group, three residential properties and a luxury vehicle. At the time of the arrests, authorities located eight women who were actively being trafficked by the operation.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


If you’ve been arrested for sex crimes in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California for more than 30 years, and will take your case.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County sex crimes case.

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