Alleged Bait And Switch Pimp Charged By Feds For Southern California Prostitution Ring

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Taking advantage of young women hoping to find wealthy boyfriends, a group of pimps lured their prey with false trappings and then forced them to work in a Southern California prostitution ring, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal prosecutors late this month charged Valsin Antoine Francois of Long Beach with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.

According to the government's court filings, Francois worked in league with Roshaun Nakia Porter and Marquis Monte Horn to recruit unsuspecting victims by placing ads on dating websites like www.seekingarrangements.com or modeling websites like www.modelmayhem.com.

Beginning in at least 2010, the men employed "various coercive tactics to initially induce victims into engaging in prostitution, including, developing a romantic relationship with victims; falsely promising work as a $500 a day escort only; falsely promising to financially care for victims and their family; falsely promising to assist victims in obtaining lawful status in the United States; and isolating victims from their friends and family," according to Assistant United States Attorney Sandy N. Leal.

Once the defendants allegedly put the women into prostitution they took partially nude photographs of them, created Internet sex ads, rented hotel rooms and collected all the proceeds, according to the prosecutor.

Whether Francois--who was born in 1978--is in custody couldn't be determined because the government sealed a portion of the case from public view.

A judge has not yet been assigned to the case inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

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JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Bait and switch is when you order a sweet young blonde girl and the pimp sends you a chubby tattooed mexican bitch with a bad complexion.

strikeforce5150
strikeforce5150

Worked in LE, member of anti trafficking organization. These scumbags will continue to coerce women into prostitution. 15-20 yr mandatory sentences are required. The govt was very slow in responding to the epidemic.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

Hmmm, speaking of STDs and viruses, ...

snappypopper
snappypopper

O plz, JG, this person dont do such false accusations.... smh... people in the stories or writing need to have facts corrected!!!!! Especially people gicing input an they dont even know the situation its just another chick mad she couldnt f him or relationship wit him so told her false stories when she was WILLING LY askin them for this omg... people uh believe anything now days jus cuz it says woman tah ! Wow

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

So you don't believe that there could be a bait-and-switch on the women, even though it was described in the article? 

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

Not much lovable there.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@BillxT So do you always infer what people don't believe about one thing when they mention something in a different context?

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