Human Trafficking Defendant Sentenced to 45 Years

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A defendant convicted of various charges related to the human trafficking of a young girl has been sentenced to prison, demonstrating the Long Beach Police Department’s ongoing commitment towards aggressively combating this horrific crime.

In January of 2011, a human trafficking investigation was launched after the arrest of a 13-year-old female for prostitution. Through the investigation, detectives learned that a male subject, identified as 33-year-old Ray Rhodes of Los Angeles, had begun forcing the 13-year-old into prostitution in the Long Beach area in September of 2010, until the time of her arrest.

An arrest warrant was issued for the defendant for human trafficking, sexual assault, and pimping and pandering. He was ultimately arrested in San Bernardino County in May of 2011 on unrelated charges, in addition to the outstanding Long Beach warrant.

On June 27, 2013, the defendant was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court on two counts of lewd act with a child, and one count each of the following charges: procuring a child for a lewd act, pandering a minor under 16 years of age, and pimping a minor under 16 years of age. On January 2, 2014, the defendant was sentenced to 45 years in prison, and will not be eligible for parole until the age of 73.

The investigative efforts, testimony, and victim follow-up carried out by the Juvenile Investigations Section detectives assigned to this case, were essential to its successful outcome. The Long Beach Police Department is committed to combating human trafficking and we will continue to use all tools available to us to identify those responsible and hold them accountable.

Anyone who is, or has been a victim of human trafficking is urged to come forward by contacting the Long Beach Police Department’s Vice Investigations Detail at (562) 570-7219. Any victim in need of resources is also encouraged to contact detectives.

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