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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