NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The Orange County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday announced the sentencing of a 32-year-old man they said trafficked a woman while he babysat her child.
Tashiri Wayne Williams of Los Angeles pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges on Tuesday. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit pimping.
Williams was sentenced to five years in prison pending the completion of three years probation. He was also forced to pay restitution.
The D.A. said that on or about Aug. 1, 2013, Williams met the 20-year-old victim known in court documents as Jane Doe.
Officials said Williams forced the woman to engage in sex acts for money in and around areas known for prostitution. Authorities said Williams would keep all of the money Doe made for performing the sex acts.
Williams told Doe he would harm her child if she did not comply.
More than a year after Williams started forcing Doe to work as an escort, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received a report about domestic violence involving Williams and the victim. After an investigation, he was arrested.
Members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force are working closely with the D.A.’s office to protect women and minors from being sexually exploited.