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Friday, December 2, 2016

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17-Year Human Trafficking Conviction of a Gang Member NR16374jh

Los Angeles: On October 17, 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations-South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, secured a conviction of a Los Angeles criminal street gang member for human trafficking.

38-year-old Rodney Saxton, a resident of Los Angeles, California, pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 17 years and 4 months in state prison.

Saxton is one of thirty-one defendants that have been convicted for human trafficking related offenses by the Los Angeles Police Departments Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force since the task force was established in 2014.

In court documents previously filed, prosecutors said that Saxton via the internet coerced an adult victim from Michigan to come to Los Angeles to work for him. Once in Los Angeles, the victim was held against her will at gun point and forced to work as a prostitute. Saxton told the victim that if she wanted to leave, her father would have to pay Saxton $1000.00. Saxton, also, threatened to shoot the victim's father if they didn't cooperate with his demands. The victim eventually escaped and reported her trafficker to a neighbor who then notified the Los Angeles Police Department.

During a search of Saxton's residence, the investigators recovered an assault rifle, a handgun and over 350 rounds of ammunition. In a plea agreement filed in court, Saxton specifically admitted that he trafficked his victim and committed criminal threats. Saxton was sentenced to 17 years and 4 months and is required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

Anyone with information in regards to this suspect is asked to call Operations-South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force at 213-926-3963. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips."


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