Los Angeles: On July 14, 2015, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force concluded a 20-month investigation of two minors who are survivors of human trafficking.
27-year-old Huston Hughes of Compton, California, was convicted of Human Trafficking and Pimping of Minors under the age of 16. The survivors in this case are two 16-year-old females who are also from Compton.
The investigation began when one of the 16-year-old victims reported a sexual assault and described how Hughes was abusing her to the investigative personnel at the Human Trafficking Task force.
The investigation revealed that between 2013 and 2014, Hughes enticed and persuaded the minors while they were in the Los Angeles area. Hughes took the juveniles to various hotels and areas where prostitutes are known to loiter. Over a period of five months, Hughes sexually assaulted the minors multiple times. He then forced them to work for him as prostitutes in Pomona and in Los Angeles. Hughes also used various social media websites to sexually exploit the minors.
On one specific occasion, when Hughes believed that the minor did not earn enough money for him as a prostitute, he physically assaulted her. After five months of abuse, one minor was able to escape from Hughes and report him to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Hughes, a self-admitted gang member pled guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to Human Trafficking of a Minor and is now required to register as a sexual offender for the duration of his lifetime upon release. He received a 9.8 year sentence for his crimes.
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.”