POLICE: Man Sentenced 45-years After Being Convicted of Pimping Out a Child

An investigation by Long Beach Police has ended with a long prison sentence for a Los Angeles man accused of forcing a 13-year-old into prostitution.

A 33-year-old man convicted of forcing a 13-year-old into prostitution has been sentenced to a 45-year prison sentence, Long Beach Police officials announced today.

The sentence was handed down Jan. 2 against Ray Rhodes of Los Angeles, according police officials who celebrated the outcome as a victory toward the departments’, “ongoing commitment towards aggressively combating this horrific crime” of human trafficking.

A human trafficking investigation was launched against Rhodes in January of 2011 after the arrest of a 13-year-old girl on prostitution charges. As detectives looked into her story they said learned that Rhodes had forced the child into prostitution in the Long Beach area starting sometime in September of 2010.   

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

On June 27, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge convicted Rhodes on two counts of lewd act with a child, and one count each of: procuring a child for a lewd act, pandering a minor under 16 years of age, and pimping a minor under 16 years of age, according to Long  Beach Police officials.

Rhodes was sentenced on Jan. 2 and will not be eligible for parole until the age of 73, investigators said. 

Long Beach Police investigators ask 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.

Chin Kim Chong January 06, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Was this girl an immigrant?
tojo February 05, 2014 at 05:45 PM
God, now that that's s out of the way, they can get started on the "Real" problem in the US. These cold, hard, indisputable "Facts" cannot be denied. From the FBI: Black males ages 14 to 35, commit almost 70% of all violent crime and 90% of murders in the US, while they comprise less than 4% of the actual population. Many of them also spawn from 20 to 30 illgetimate potential little 7/11 robbers, hookers, drug addicts, rapists, drug dealers, and murderers, by age 28 or 30 with multiple, underage, unwed, more than willing sexual partners with taxpayer funded welfare paying for it all while they stand around on the corners getting drunk on Colt 45 malt liquor, high on killer weed, down on heroin, up on PCP, ripped on angel dust, zipped on crystal meth, zooped on Oxycontin, bimmped on schrooms, and bragging about it. It's, "Time to take America back from the animals."


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