LOS ANGELES –Fifty-four felony charges have been filed against Quinton Brown, Gerald Turner, and Mia McNeil, following a six-month investigation by the California Department of Justice, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. and the California Department of Justice.
An amended complaint filed on July 26, 2017, alleges that Brown lured victims from the Central Valley and trafficked them throughout the state. The victims, including eight minors, were sold for commercial sex throughout the Central Valley, Bay Area and Los Angeles. The charges include sex trafficking, pimping, pandering, grand theft and identity theft.
“Sex trafficking is a despicable crime and I commend DOJ special agents and their law enforcement partners who are committed to investigating and arresting those who sell another human being for sex,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “These human traffickers are dangerous individuals wrapped up in a world of weapons, drugs and violence and they have absolutely no regard for human decency or the lives of those they lure into their world.”
“Law enforcement agents throughout the state work tirelessly every day to ensure that Californians are safe from exploitation and do not become victims of human trafficking,” said Attorney General Becerra. “These charges stem from the hard work of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, and the California Department of Justice attorneys and Special Agents. I want to thank our law enforcement partners for their efforts over the course of this six-month investigation to bring these defendants to justice.”
At the time the offenses were committed, the juvenile victims ranged in age from 15 to 17 and the adult victims ranged in age from 18 to 21.