Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Two San Diego County men have been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to the sex trafficking of children who were forced into prostitution rings by street gangs.
Young girls are bought and sold daily for sex in San Diego County. Some are forced into the life. Others are coerced. The girls can make six-figure salaries for their pimps without ever seeing a penny of their earnings. San Diego is trying to cut demand by educating Johns about the perils of picking up prostitutes especially if they're underage.
Prosecutors tell the Los Angeles Times that 20-year-old Malcolm Jamal Allen and 23-year-old Devon Leontae Sutton, both from Oceanside, were sentenced Monday in San Diego federal court. Allen was indicted in April and Sutton was indicted in May 2009 in separate cases.
Authorities say the gangs used websites like Facebook, Twitter and Craigslist to find customers.
Many of the groups' young prostitutes were runaways.
Six other defendants tied to the prostitution rings have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.