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Release No. 06-087

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2006
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Thom Mrozek (213) 894-6947

NEVADA MAN CONVICTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES RELATED TO THE SEX TRAFFICKING OF MINORS


Los Angeles, CA - A Reno, Nevada man has been convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles on multiple charges related to the sex trafficking of minors, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher, United States Attorney Deborah Wong Yang and FBI Assistant Director J. Stephen Tidwell announced today.

A federal jury in Riverside yesterday found Juan Rico Doss guilty of two counts of sex trafficking of children, three counts of transporting minors into prostitution, one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children and transporting minors into prostitution, and two counts of witness tampering. Doss was found not guilty on one count of witness tampering.

Doss prostituted two minor victims in both California and Reno during the first two weeks of May 2005. Doss, 37, along with his wife Jacquay Quinn Ford, 27, conspired to transport a 14-year-old female and a 16-year-old female to work for Doss as prostitutes. Doss and his wife transported these victims to various locations in California including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland for the purpose of prostitution. Doss and Ford also transported these minors from Reno to Los Angeles for the purpose of prostitution.

The evidence at trial showed that during this time the money from the commercial sexual exploitation of these minors was provided to Doss and that the minor victims worked for the defendant. The evidence further demonstrated that Doss knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored and transported the 16-year-old victim knowing that force, fraud and coercion would be used to cause this victim to engage in a commercial sex act.

Doss, who has a prior state conviction for two counts of pandering of a child stemming from his transportation of other minors for the purpose of prostitution, faces a mandatory sentence of life-without-parole in federal prison for his conviction on the charge of transporting minors for the purpose of prostitution. He faces up to life in prison for sex trafficking of children by force.

Doss is scheduled to be sentenced on September 11 by United States District Judge Stephen G. Larson.

The investigation was part of the Innocence Lost Initiative – a national initiative conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in partnership with the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The Innocence Lost Initiative focuses on child victims of interstate sex trafficking in the United States. To date, the Innocence Lost Initiative has resulted in at least 166 open investigations, 533 arrests, 101 indictments and 75 convictions.

The case against Doss and his wife was investigated by the FBI, which received the case from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Vice Unit. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

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