Friday, December 2, 2016
Two Gang Members Convicted of Human Trafficking of Minors NR16375tiLos Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department, Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, Long Beach Police Department's Vice unit and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, concluded by way of felony conviction of a seven-month investigation into a claim of human trafficking of minors.
The defendants in this matter both self-admitted gang member, Ulis Morris, 24-years-ofld, and Raylonzo Roberts, 41-years-old both from Los Angeles, California were convicted of Human Trafficking of Minors. The victims ages in this case ranged from 15-to-17-year-old females and were from Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California.
The investigation began when a minor victim reported the traffickers to the investigative personnel of the LAPD Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task force and the Long Beach Police Department.
The investigation revealed that the suspects enticed and persuaded the minor to work as a prostitute along the Western Avenue and Figueroa corridor in South Los Angeles and on Long Beach Boulevard while they were in Long Beach area. The suspects took the victims to hotels and areas where prostitutes are known to loiter and used social media websites to advertise, sell and sexually exploit the minors.
On one occasion Morris, picked up a minor from a non-secure juvenile placement facility transported her back to Los Angeles where he commercially sexually exploited her.
Morris was found guilty of 3 counts of human trafficking of minors at trial in a Los Angeles Superior Court and was sentenced to 21 years and 4 months in state prison. Roberts was also found guilty of 2 counts of human trafficking of minors at trial and was sentenced to 16 years in state prison.
Anyone with information in regard 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."