Friday, February 20, 2015

Roshaun Porter and Marquis Horn, Long Beach, California, Men Sentenced for Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

Defendants Used Deception, Threats, Violence and Coercion to Compel Young Women into Prostitution in Orange County, California

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California - Roshaun Nakia Porter, 39, was sentenced to 240 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for his role in a sex trafficking conspiracy, according to announcement by the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.  Porter’s co-conspirator, Marquis Monte Horn, 40, was sentenced on Oct. 24, 2014, to serve 78 months in prison and five years of supervised release for his role in the conspiracy.  Two other defendants have entered guilty pleas in connection with the case.
The judge ordered Porter to pay $866,244.68 in restitution to 10 victims of the conspiracy.
On July 11, 2014, Porter and Horn each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.  According to documents filed in court and admissions in court in connection with Porter’s guilty plea, between 2010 and April 2012, Porter masterminded a scheme in which he exploited young women, including foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, in his prostitution operation in Orange County, California.  
Using various deceptive means, including false online personal advertisements and fraudulent promises of legitimate employment, Porter reaped substantial illicit profit by luring his victims into personal relationships with him and, thereafter, compelling them to prostitute and provide him the proceeds from their commercial sex acts.  To compel the victims into compliance, Porter used physical violence, psychological abuse, threats to harm the victims’ family members and other coercive means.  In connection with his guilty plea, Horn admitted that between December 2010 and April 2012, he conspired to recruit and entice victims into Porter’s prostitution ring. 
This matter was investigated by the FBI.  It is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Daniel Weiss of the Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandy Leal of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California.

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