Three men face sex crimes following their arrest for human trafficking in Ventura County. According to investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the men trafficked a 16-year-old girl around the state. The teen resides in Riverside County. Riverside County officials contacted the Ventura County Sheriff in May to report possible sex trafficking there.
Investigators determined that the girl was in the Newbury Park area. The men moved the girl to Bakersfield before deputies could arrest them. Following a short stay in Bakersfield, the girl moved to Madero County, then Fresno. Madero County Sheriff’s deputies found the girl and took her into protective custody. One of the suspects lives in Bakersfield; the second lives in Fresno. A third suspect lives in Newbury Park.
Ventura investigators learned that two different men brought the girl to Ventura County on two separate occasions in May. Deputies served a search warrant on the Newbury Park man’s home and found evidence to corroborate his involvement.
The Bakersfield suspect also faces charges of trafficking two other adult women. All three men are known gang members. One of the men has been released on a $100,000 bail. The Bakersfield suspect remains jailed on a $100,000 bail. The Fresno suspect remains jailed on a $110,000 bail. The Newbury Park and Fresno suspects face a felony charge of causing a minor to engage in commercial sex acts. The Bakersfield suspect faces a felony charge of human trafficking of an adult. The prosecutor will try all three cases separately. the suspects will return to court throughout July on matters related to their cases.
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Human trafficking for sex related crimes carries a stiff penalty. Following conviction, you could face as much as 20 years in prison and fine of as much as $500,000. In addition, you could be required to register as a sex offender for life. Lifetime sex offender registration can limit where you can live and work. It can also carry a stigma that will prevent you from re-integrating into your community. When you face charges for any type of sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes sex crimes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Sexual offense convictions can have a devastating impact on your life. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney by your side. Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome from your case. Don’t rely on inexperience when your future is at risk.
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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